A formula to bollywood copy right act

A possible solution regarding the amendment in the Copyright Act is that producers and authors/composers can decide their share of royalties by signing a contract before a film goes on the floors.

After the war of words between Aamir Khan and Javed Akhtar, and Sonu Nigam and Vidhu Vinod Chopra over the amendment in the Copyright Act, there now seems to be a solution in sight.

On Wednesday evening, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra went to Delhi to meet HRD minister Kapil Sibal to discuss the pending royalty issues. During the two-hourlong meeting, Chopra explained to Sibal that the proposed solution by the music fraternity of 50 per cent of the royalty amount being with the producer while 25 per cent each will be shared by the music director and lyricist was not feasible.

Among various solutions, Sibal and Chopra decided that a possible solution could be that the producer and author/composer can decide their share of royalties and other fees by a contract signed prior to a film going on the floors. Acting on the proposed solution, every member of the committee has received a copy of the proposed settlement on Thursday.

According to the proposed solution, it is now clear that the right to negotiate and arrive at mutually acceptable terms is with the negotiating parties i.e. the producer and the author/composer. This will be part of the contract that the parties will enter into prior to making a film. The parties are free to do business any which way they desire.

Chopra said, “We as an industry really appreciate Kapil Sibal’s efforts. This is for the betterment of the industry.”

Music Review - LAHORE


Ab ye kaafila is atmospheric and lilting enough except for those cringe-worthy English phrases; Karthik, KK and Kreem himself pitch in fantastic vocals to lift this lively track. Daler Mehndi is roped in for crooning Musafir and he does a breathtaking job of the sweeping melody going against his usual ebullient self — Kreem’s orchestration, in particular, blends beautifully with the vocals.

Rang de, in reality, sounds more like Daler material, but Shankar Mahadevan does a remarkable job in this chestthumping Punju track that despite treading awfully familiar material, packs enough punch to distinguish itself. It is in his vocals that Kreem scores big time, in Saaware, with an almost Rahman’ish sparseness to the haunting tune and orchestration. His version of Musafir too adds just that touch of melancholy over Daler’s attempt, that sounds enormously appealing.

Piyush Mishra’s lone track, O re bande, with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shilpa Rao is his trademark sound with a qawali’sh, discordant rhythm that is highly addictive.

Not to be outdone, composer Wayne Sharpe score stupendously with his instrumental theme that has Lisbeth Scott’s soaring vocals even as the tune rises even higher to a stunning crescendo! Completely unexpected gem of a soundtrack

Now, Vidhu Vinod Chopra abuses telented bollywood singer Sonu Nigam

The royalty battle has thrown up a new set of adversaries — Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sonu Nigam traded insults; may never work together again.

The committee formed to tackle the royalty issue between the producers and the music fraternity finds that the cause is being sidelined. After the much talked about face-off between Javed Akhtar and Aamir Khan, they’re dealing with another war of words between Sonu Nigam and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Apparently, they got into a heated debate and Vidhu abused Sonu, who in turn retaliated spiritedly. Some members of the committee had to intervene to settle the fallout.

Our source said, “Sonu proposed that the producer should keep 50 per cent of the royalties, while the music director and the singer

should keep 25 per cent each. Vidhu disagreed and stated that the music directors or singers should take on the losses as well. When Sonu stuck to his guns at the meeting held at a five star hotel in Mumbai, Vidhu lost his cool and abused him. He told Sonu to ‘f*** off’, and a shocked Sonu was visibly upset. He told Vidhu to mind his language. An incensed Vidhu said that Sonu is making so much money and most of his songs are from his (Vidhu’s) films, so he should give some of the amount to him. Finally, Vidhu said that he will not work with Sonu. The singer shot back that it is entirely Vidhu’s loss. The matter wouldn’t have ended there had Madhur Bhandarkar and Ken Ghosh not intervened.” Sonu Nigam gave us his side of the story. He said, “We are not supposed to talk about what has happened, but since you called, I do not wish to negate it. Vidhu got a little excited and he has the habit of speaking in that manner. I don’t want to hold it against him as I have heard worse abuses from Vidhu. All I can say is that main saste mein chhoot gaya.” When asked about his reaction to Vidhu’s decision about not working with him again, Sonu said, “That’s my decision completely. I know that I am a good singer and no one is doing a favour to anyone. Yahan koi kissi ko banata nahin hai. We all are students of this art and if someone does not want to acknowledge anyone’s work, it’s their problem.” Sonu finally added, “After the meeting, he came up to me and the matter got resolved. Vidhu is known to be like this and uske moonh se gaali nikal gayee, toh humne bhi de diya jawab. However, he is known for this, so I won’t hold it against him.” Vidhu Vinod Chopra remained unavailable for comment.

Filmfare awards 2009


The drum roll was thundering in everyone’s mind as the 55th Idea Filmfare Awards kicked off in grand style on Saturday night at Mumbai’s Yash Raj Studios. Among the timely arrivals on the red carpet was Gauri Khan. Shah Rukh, who was already inside for final rehearsals, took a break, stepped out and escorted her in himself.

A radiant Nandita Das arrived with her new husband Subodh, while the solo entries included Harman Baweja, Deepika Padukone, Sameer Reddy, Celina Jaitley, and a rather pensive looking Tabu. Quite wisely, Shruti Haasan traded her rock chic avatar for a feminine body-hugging Gucci gown instead. Kalki Koechlin, however, tried on a saree for a change and her companion Anurag Kashyap looked extra pleased.

Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi made a red carpet announcement of their relationship with their joint arrival. Former boyfriend Dino Morea didn’t even have Nandita Mahtani for company.

Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra were beaming on the red carpet and their smiles grew even wider when they spotted Omi (Mr Chatur of 3 Idiots) arrive with his mother. Even Minissha Lamba had her mother for company. Arya Babbar was sporting a giant moustache, his look in Tees Maar Khan. One surprise guest was former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes, who even paid Shahid Kapoor a visit backstage.

While all the stars were arriving from the rear entrance and making their way to the red carpet, Rahman’s car dropped him straight on the red carpet. One of the last to arrive was Rekha, in a trademark golden Kanjeevaram saree. Inside, at the cafeteria, the foursome of Imtiaz Ali, Karan Johar, Kunal Kohli and Prasoon Joshi were chatting away like long lost friends. Karan was overheard saying, “I’m the filler on stage when Shah Rukh and Saif go to change.” Sanjay Gadhvi and Mukesh Bhatt were spotted having a long, serious chat, oblivious of everything around them.

When the show started, it was electric stuff with Shah Rukh and Saif Ali Khan in their element. Shashi Kapoor received a Lifetime Achievement Award and the action started flowing thick and fast after that.

Best Action : Vijayan Master (Wanted)

Design & Art Direction : Helen Jones, Sukanta Panigrahi (Dev.D)

Best Background Score : Amit Trivedi (Dev.D)

Best Cinematography : Rajeev Ravi (Dev.D)

Best Visual Effects : Govardhan Vigharan,Vinay Singh Chuphal (Kaminey)

Best Choreography : Bosco-Caesar, (Chor Bazaari, Love Aaj Kal)

Best Sound : Manas Choudhary (Firaaq)

Best Editing : Sreekar Prasad (Firaaq)

Best Costume Design : Vaishali Menon (Firaaq)

Best Lyrics : Irshad Kamil (Ajj din, Love Aaj Kal )

RD Burman Award : Amit Trivedi

Best Playback Singer : Kavita Seth (Iktara,Wake Up Sid) & (Female) Rekha Bhardwaj (Genda phool, Delhi-6)

Best Playback Singer : Mohit Chauhan (Masakali, Delhi-6) (Male)

Best Music : AR Rahman (Delhi-6)

Best Story : Abhijat Joshi & Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots)

Best Screenplay : Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani & Vidhu Vinod Chopra (3 Idiots)

Best Dialogue : Abhijat Joshi & Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots)

Best Debut (Female) : Zoya Akhtar (Luck By Chance)

Best Debut (Male) : Ayan Mukerji (Wake Up Sid)

Best Supporting Actor : Kalki Koechlin (Dev.D) (Female)

Best Supporting Actor : Boman Irani (3 Idiots) (Male)

Best Film (Critics) : Firaaq

Best Actor Female : Mahie Gill (Dev.D) (Critics)

Best Actor Male : Ranbir Kapoor (consistently outstanding (Critics) performances for Wake Up Sid,Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani & Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year)

Best Actor in a Leading : Vidya Balan (Paa) Role (Female)

Best Actor in a Leading : Amitabh Bachchan (Paa) Role (Male)

Best Director : Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots )

Best Film : 3 Idiots


Below are the picture of bollywood ladies with comments on their dresses.

The worst we can say about Katrina's ensemble is that it's boring; but she's picked the right colour and accessories. Maybe this will stir her dormant Khan relationship, or make a Kapoor notice.

A glaring ray of putrid synthetic sunshine in an Archana Kochhar creation, a girl this pretty should dress to attract, not repel.

We fear Vidya might go the Rekha way — wearing only kanjeevarams; in her case, Sabyasachi. But who could blame her — look at the colour and handiwork on that piece. We think she's done grieving over a certain co-star.

In a hard to pull-off Gauri and Nainika gown, Deepika shows a certain Kapoor what exactly he's missing. With perfect glam-rock hair, make-up and accessories, Deepika reminds us she's a model first.

White is not the colour of choice for evening wear, but Kangna is hardly conventional. It suits her bronzed body and the curly up-do. With Adhyayan long behind her, she's on the prowl .

We look forward to Shruti's public appearances and she didn't disappoint. Classy and quirky in a Christian Dior gown, she should bottle her individuality.

It's Tabu... in a shimmering black sari again. If you had nothing to wear, you needn't go scrounging in Kajol's closet. Shake it up a bit, woman. You're too spunky to play it safe.

A new man in her life is doing wonders for Dia. She's a picture of golden innocence in this Pooja Thia creation, and new hair. Score, score, score.

SRK and wife Gauri are the first couple of Bollywood. The two leave no stone unturned to make a snappy style statement. Gauri turned up in a Donatella Versace gown, her diamond studded fingers clasping a stylish clutch. This is a couple that's truly been there, done that; there are no more mysteries to be unravelled, and they are just happy to be.

They look as if they were painted together on a canvas: Sussanne is all attention for the occasion at hand while our current Greek God looks attractively pensive. The famed termites that had ravaged the walls of their home a year ago seem to have been banished for good.