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Salim Merchant claims Yash Raj Films haven’t paid royalties for 4 years

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Mumbai, Nov 21 : Salim Merchant, of the composer duo Salim-Sulaiman, shocked Bollywood buffs on Thursday by alleging that the prestigious production house Yash Raj Films (YRF) has not paid him royalties despite having collected the same. He added that this was the reason he has not worked with YRF over the past four years.

“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,” Salim told The Quint.

He also claimed that the music label T-Series has also not cleared all his dues yet.

The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), which comprises composers, singers and lyricists, reportedly filed an FIR against Yash Raj Films on November 20. It has been alleged that YRF has collected over Rs 100 crore in music royalty, which actually belongs to members of IPRS.

Also, YRF has allegedly prevented artists of the IPRS from collecting royalties by pressurising them.

Salim further claimed IPRS chairperson and veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar has also been deprived of his dues.

“I know Javed Akhtar sahab has not been paid, for sure… you know he’s not been paid. Sulaiman and I have not been paid – any royalties that have come from Yash Raj, we have not been paid,” The Quint further reported Salim as saying.

Most of Salim-Sulaiman’s bigget hit songs are with YRF productions. These include music in films such as “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”, “Mardaani”, “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”, “Aaja Nachle”, “Band Baaja Baarat” and “Chak De! India” among others.

The duo is now focusing on performing at concerts globally and composing singles, besides creating music for films.

IANS tried contacting Yash Raj Films for a statement but we have not received any response yet.

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Chahatt Khanna now has a cat

Last month, Chahatt shared that she is boycotting all Chinese applications and has blamed China for triggering the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Mumbai, July 6 : Actress Chahatt Khanna has got herself a new pet – a cat she has named Ruffle.

“My friend was trying to convince me to own a cat for a long time. She wasn”t in town and she asked me if I could go and see a cat for her. I went and I saw the kittens. They were so cute that I feel in love with them. I was supposed to foster the cat till she returns,” Chahatt said.

She said she got two kittens, one for herself and the other for her friend.

“It is now my partner in crime forever. I am head over heels in love with the cat. He is just adorable and he is mine. I can only thank my friend for pushing me for this,” Chahatt said.

Last month, Chahatt shared that she is boycotting all Chinese applications and has blamed China for triggering the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Sushant Singh Rajput death: Police record Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s statement

Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Mumbai residence on June 14. The actor’s postmortem report stated his death was a suicide.

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Mumbai, July 6 : Mumbai Police on Monday recorded the statement of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

The director arrived at Bandra Police Station on Monday morning to give his statement.

As per reports, late actor Sushant was approached by Bhansali for his 2013 film “Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela”. However, Sushant could not take up the offer reportedly due to his contract with a production house. Later Ranveer Singh was signed for the role. The female lead was played by Deepika Padukone and the film turned out to be a superhit.

Meanwhile Mumbai Police has, over the past weeks, also recorded statements of Sushant’s family, staff, a few of his friends, and rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, besides filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra and actress Sanjana Sanghi who worked with the late actor in his upcoming last film “Dil Bechara”.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Mumbai residence on June 14. The actor’s postmortem report stated his death was a suicide.

Within a few days of the actor’s death, a complaint was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. The case filed regarding the actor’s death was against eight Bollywood personalities including Bhansali, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra and Ekta Kapoor.

Mumbai Police is investigating the death of the actor, though many fans on social media have been demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case.

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Disha Patani’s latest picture is all about smiles

On the work front, Disha was last seen in “Malang”, which also features Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu.

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Mumbai, July 5 : Bollywood actress Disha Patani has shared a stunning new picture of herself on social media.

Disha took to Instagram, where she shared a selfie of herself flaunting her beautiful smile at the camera. The actress is seen sporting a no make-up look and let hair open.

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She captioned the image with a pink flower emoji.

Disha had earlier shared a video of herself clipping her dogs nails.

On the work front, Disha was last seen in “Malang”, which also features Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu.

The film is a revenge saga set in Goa and, despite gruesome moments of violence, it has catchy tunes composed by multiple music directors.

Mohit Suri”s directorial “Malang” is all set to have a sequel, the makers have confirmed.

Disha will next be seen in “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai”. The action drama starring Salman Khan was supposed to be his Eid release this year, but has got delayed owing to coronavirus pandemic.

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