Abhay Deol comes out in support of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy! Read full statement!

Wed, January 15, 2014 1:18pm UTC by Add first Comment
Abhay Deol
Yogen Shah

The One By Two actor-producer has decided to support the music composers of his film who are in a tiff with T-Series

Abhay Deol’s first production venture One By Two will hit the theatres on January 31 but the music of his film is yet to unveiled. Since music composers Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa are at loggerheads with T-Series over royalty issue, the music of One By Two hasn’t been released. Though Abhay’s film is losing out on music promotions, the dimpled actor isn’t worried and has chosen to stand by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as he believes in sticking by the morals. Preeti Desai’s beau while talking to a tabloid said, “I have always worked the underdog and I have never hesitated from doing films that nobody else wanted to do. I know I have lost out on the music but I will not allow injustice to anyone.”

In fact, the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara star took to social networking site Facebook and expressed his view about the on-going battle between the music director trio and Bhushan Kumar’s music company T-Series. He posted:

“My friends, I just did the unthinkable. I took on the giant record label of the music industry. Many of you on FB and those I meet on the road have been asking me when the music of my film will release. It is the 14th of January, my film is out on the 31st of this month and yet there are no albums available in the market.

Well the entire music fraternity is up in arms against the record labels because they expect musicians to sign a contract with a clause that is against the law. Producers like myself are expected to make sure that they sign. Which means if anyone is arrested for breaking the law it will be the producer!

I am also against the exploitation of artists. I believe in their rights and even if a musician was ready to sign it, I would advise him/her against it. As a result, I have no album in the market. In fact now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the music company pulls out my promos from the TV channels. I don’t have radio play anyway.

So far, no producer or studio has taken on this record label. Me and Viacom have nothing more to lose, they have already killed any potential buzz the music could have created for the film had it been put up for sale weeks ago. At the moment I have the entire music fraternity behind me. Ram Sampat and Sona Mohapatra ,Amit Trivedi, Vishal and Shekhar, Javed Akhtar and of course Shankar Ehsaan and Loy have all expressed their support.

Now I am just waiting to see which producers, actors and studios will come forth to highlight this issue. I hope my film will not suffer as a result.

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