At the 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards held Tuesday night, Abhay arrived with a swollen eye and when asked if he was alright, he said, “No, I am not alright. My film is releasing Jan 31. My music has not yet released because the music company wants me to get the composers Shankar-Ehsaan and Loy to sign a clause which is illegal.”
He openly named the company and said he has suffered the loss and the music is not available anywhere.
“It’s T-series… The solution is: don’t make me sign a clause which is illegal. It’s just two weeks to the film and my music is not available. The loss has happened, the film releases Jan 31 and my music is not available anywhere. I will not hide anything. I can only go to the press now,” the 37-year-old said here.
Abhay stars alongside girlfriend Preeti Desai in the film.
“Let’s see what will happen, they are not marketing my film, the music is not on the radio also. What else can I do?” he added.
Abhay will soon hold a press conference about the issue.
“It is an issue of copyright. I will talk about it after first talking to Shankar, Ram Sampat, Vishal-Shekhar, they are all with me. The music industry is supporting me, let’s see if the actors and producers will,” he said.
I am also against the exploitation of artists. I believe in their rights and even if a musician was ready to sign it, I would advise him/her against it. As a result, I have no album in the market. In fact now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the music company pulls out my promos from the TV channels. I don’t have radio play anyway.
So far, no producer or studio has taken on this record label. Me and Viacom have nothing more to lose, they have already killed any potential buzz the music could have created for the film had it been put up for sale weeks ago. At the moment I have the entire music fraternity behind me. Ram Sampat and Sona Mohapatra , Amit Trivedi, Vishal and Shekhar, Javed Akhtar and of course Shankar Ehsaan and Loy have all expressed their support.
Now I am just waiting to see which producers, actors and studios will come forth to highlight this issue.I hope my film will not suffer as a result. I believe in the power of the individual.
Not so long long, Sonu Nigam had announced his retirement due to a similar issue .
Sonu on knowing Abhay’s stand tweeted, Finally. ….someone has decided to understand…and support truth. Here’s where Education and genuineness comes handy. Kudos Abhay Deol.