I’ll sue Saregama: Sajid Nadiadwala

2 05 2010
The legal dispute over the copyright for the Laawaaris song, Apni Toh Jaise Taise, has resulted in producer Sajid Nadiadwala suing music company Saregama, and not Prakash Mehra’s sons, Punit and Amit, for defamation.

“In all my years as a producer, I’ve never felt so humiliated. It is like I go into a shop and buy something, and then I’m accused of stealing it. Wasn’t it Saregama’s responsibility to make sure all legal and ethical bases were covered before they sold the song’s rights to me?” he asks.

According to sources, Nadiadwala paid Rs 15 lakhs to Saregama for the rights. Says Nadiadwala, “I can’t disclose the amount. But it’s almost five times the money required to record a new song. In any case, it’s easy to buy copyrights for songs from Saregama. In fact, we got Kaanta Lagaa from Saregama for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and there was no problem,” adding, “My quibble is with Saregama for not going through a proper procedure. I’m a professional producer who knows how to read the fine print. I’m going to sue Saregama for defamation. It’s either that or a public apology.”




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