Post IPRS FIR, Salim Merchant accuses Yash Raj Films, T-Series of not paying royalties

Salim Merchant and Aditya Chopra Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 22, 2019, 11.27 AM (IST)

All hidden skeletons of the music industry in India came out yesterday when the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) which comprises composers, singers and lyricists, filed an FIR against Yash Raj Films alleging that the production company has collected over Rs.100 crore in music royalty, which actually belongs to members of the IPRS. 

The Society alleged that Yash Raj Films did not let them collect royalties from telecom companies, radio stations and music streaming platforms. The FIR mentions the names of YRF directors Aditya and Uday Chopra. 

Soon after the FIR news spread like wildfire on the social media, singer Salim Merchant who spoke to a news portal was quoted saying that YRF has not paid him royalties despite having collected the same on his behalf. He said, "Yash Raj has been collecting money on behalf of the composer and lyricist - that much I know - but I don't know whether they have paid anyone. They have certainly not paid me and Sulaiman."

He not only complained against YRF but mentioned that Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series has also done the same to him and have not cleared his dues. He added, “It's Yash Raj Films and T-Series, these two companies have not been paying.”

In the interview, Salim mentioned that lyricist Javed Akhtar who happens to be the chairperson of the IPRS has also not received any royalty from YRF and said, "I know Javed Akhtar sahib has not been paid, for sure. Because of my last meeting with him... You know he's not been paid, Sulaiman and I have not been paid - any royalties that have come from Yash Raj Films, we have not been paid.”

The duo Salim-Sulaiman don’t work with T-Series or YRF since a few years now as he said, “There are lots of other companies like Zee Music, Sa Re Ga Ma, Sony Music. So, whatever music we've been doing in the recent past are with these companies."

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Salim said, "Yash Raj has been collecting money on behalf of the composer and lyricist - that much I know - but I don't know whether they have paid anyone. They have certainly not paid me and Sulaiman."