Salim Merchant, of the composer duo Salim-Sulaiman, alleged the renowned production house Yash Raj Films (YRF) for not paying him the royalties despite having collected them. 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.
He also claimed that the music label music company has also not cleared all his dues yet. The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), which consists of composers, singers, and lyricists, filed an FIR against YRF on November 20. It had alleged that YRF 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 pressuring them.
Salim further claimed IPRS chairperson and veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar has also been through the same issue.
He said, "I know Javed Akhtar Sahab has not been paid, for sure... you know he's hasn't paid. Sulaiman and I haven't paid any royalties that have come from Yash Raj, we have not been paid.”
A lot of Salim-Sulaiman's hit songs are with YRF productions. These include music from films such as Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Mardaani, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Aaja Nachle, Band Baaja Baarat, and Chak De! India, among others.
Besides creating music for films, the duo is now focusing on performing at concerts worldwide.