Frenchman buys 25,000 Bollywood titles' rights

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

BOMBAY, April 19 (AFP) - French national Achille Forler has purchased the rights to 25,200 Bollywood songs and movies for USD 3 million (EUR 2.3 million) to ensure the original composers and lyricists get royalties.

BOMBAY, April 19 (AFP) - French national Achille Forler has purchased the rights to 25,200 Bollywood songs and movies for USD 3 million (EUR 2.3 million) to ensure the original composers and lyricists get royalties.

"Bollywood does not know that such rights exist in the world," Forler told AFP Tuesday. "There has never been anyone in Bollywood who could monitor the rights of the composer and the lyricists."

His company, Deep Emotions Publishing, now owns some of the biggest hits and critically acclaimed songs and movie titles of Bollywood. Forler gets a portion of the commission he manages to secure for composers and lyricists.

He has already succeeded in getting top classical singer and composer Shubha Mudgal her due when songs composed by her for the film "Kama Sutra" were played by Canadian composer Michael Danna in "Monsoon Wedding".

Forler went to court and Mudgal was paid royalties of INR 350,000 (EUR 6,155).

"In India we really don't know something like this exists," said Mudgal.

"I just did not know what to do when this case happened. After I met Achille I feel I got justice and the money that was due to me. It is like when you publish a book and get royalties for life on every sale of the book."

Achille says Bollywood composers and lyricists who prefer to take a one-off fee from producers and then fail to track the future use of their material are to blame for the situation.

"Everybody in Bollywood needs money upfront (but) they don't bother about future revenues. I am glad that Shubhas case has become a good example to follow their case to earn money in the future.

"I have been talking about this for a few years in Bollywood, but nobody believed me that they can earn money on their work even 10 years later," said Forler.

Titles he has rights to include "Shatranj Ke Khiladi" (Masters of Chess) and "Rajnigandha".

© AFP

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