Javed Akhtar who has just won a hard-earned battle favouring lyricists and singers in the copyright war with music companies, is livid about the creative vandalism that is prevalent in the dastardly culture of remixes. The latest remix is a version of composer Rajesh Roshan and poet Javed Akhtar’s 1996 hit Ghar se nikalte hi kuch der chalte hi raste mein hai uska ghar. The beautiful love song rendered originally by Udit Narayan was featured in the film Papa Kehte Hain. Now it comes to us in a revised, some would say subverted version, sung by Armaan Malik. Shockingly there is no mention of composer Rajesh Roshan in the music video which credits the composition as “Music Composed & Reprised by Amaal Malik” Even more shocking is the fact that Javed Akhtar’s lucid poetic lyrics have been completely changed and credited to one Kunaal Vermaa.
Disgusted and angry Javed Akhtar has taken legal action against his desecrated song. “This has to stop. And I’ve taken the legal recourse. I’ve sent legal notices to the people responsible for doing this to Ghar se nikalte hi. Today they change the lyrics of one of my well-known songs. What is to stop them from changing the lyrics of Ae mere watan ke logon, the patriotic classic that has the nation weeping may make us weep in another way altogether if, God forbid, they decide that poet Pradeep’s immortal lines need updating and revalidation. The new version of Ghar se nikalte hi makes no mention of my lyrics, Rajesh Roshan’s composition and Udit Narayan’s singing. This is sheer vandalism.” Shy and reluctant to get into any controversy composer Rajesh Roshan reluctantly opens up. “I heard the new version of Ghar se nikalte hi just a few days ago. I was speechless. There was no mention in the music video (featuring Armaan Malik and a model) of either me, or Javed Saab or Udit Narayan. How can they do this?”
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Rajesh Roshan whose imperishable songs in Julie, Kunwara Baap, Aap Ke Deewane, Doosra Aadmi and Mr Natwarlal are remembered to this day, says he was hesitant to take action until his brother actor-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan advised him. “These are big players. T Series is a powerful company. It seemed difficult to challenge them. But I spoke to my brother. And he says we must take action. There is no end this kind of creative vandalism. Film music has hit rock-bottom. A composer like me finds it impossible to work with today’s producers. They want to tell you exactly how to compose, which notes to play, which rhythms to put in which part of the song. I can’t be bullied by producers. I am used to working in an environment of complete freedom. Now there is only the freedom to steal other people’s ideas and creativity.”