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Vishal Dadlani: A hit song becoming hit again is a no-brainer

Updated on: 04 November,2019 07:25 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Sonia Lulla | sonia.lulla@mid-day.com

Vishal Dadlani, following his Twitter warning, on why composers must not touch his repertoire when remixing songs

Vishal Dadlani: A hit song becoming hit again is a no-brainer

Vishal Dadlani

In an industry where filmmakers are arguably discounting the need for creativity among music composers, choosing instead to make a fortune off rehashed songs of the decades gone by, Vishal Dadlani makes it amply clear that his repertoire is not to be messed with. "What should be the legacy of the composer becomes something anyone can toy with, without approval or permission, sometimes even without mentioning the original composer's [name]. That's disgraceful and unacceptable," Dadlani tells mid-day when prodded about his recent tweet in which he warned composers meddling with his compositions with legal consequences.

Dadlani and co-composer Shekhar Ravjiani's 2004 song Saki, was rehashed for Batla House, and — as has been with the recent remixes — topped several music charts, especially during the festive season. Referring to the recent slate of remixes, Dadlani adds, "Remixes are succeeding despite being weak rehashes because people are making them succeed. Labels are paying money to push them. Let's not forget that all these songs were already successful to begin with. A hit song becoming a hit song again is not an achievement. It's a given; a no-brainer. There's no effort or creativity. This can't work as a system. A creator and the creation must be perpetually linked, and the creator must have a say on how, when and why his/her work is [being] used."

Even though in an Instagram post, Dadlani had warned composers against using his creations without permission and remuneration, he alludes that monetary benefits are only one part of the issue. "I'd compare the emotional pain [of this situation] to telling a parent that if someone makes their child sing in trains, the parent will earn money. Most parents would be horrified at the thought because that's not the dream they had for their child."


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