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Lyricist Shailendra's sons fight over royalty

By Viral Bhayani, IANS

Family members of late Bollywood lyricist and producer Shailendra are at loggerheads over royalty arising from his songs and film "Teesri Kasam".

In fact, Shaily Shailendra, the eldest son, was arrested last week after he was accused of cheating his own family members.

Shailendra's younger son, Dinesh, has alleged that Shaily has been fraudulently selling the rights of "Teesri Kasam", including DVD and satellite rights.

"It was in 1999 that we came to know the truth. We were earlier told that 'Teesri Kasam' had made losses and there was no possibility of royalties," Dinesh told IANS.

Lyricist Shailendra produced the film "Teesri Kasam". He passed away in 1966 at the age of 43 reportedly without leaving a will. All his five children and wife would have received the royalties, but that allegedly never happened.

"It is sad that my mother expired without knowing about this conspiracy. When I contacted Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), they did not even know that Shailendra had five children.

"The royalty amount that he (Shaily) cheated us of is in tens of millions," claimed Dinesh.

Shaily himself wrote songs for movies like "Aaap Ki Khatir" and "Kal Aaj Aur Kal".

Dinesh also blames Shaily for pirated DVDs. Last year pirated DVD copies of "Teesri Kasam" were found in the US.

"He tried to make a fast buck by selling all kinds of rights that also included pirated copies," claimed Dinesh.

The cover of the "Teesri Kasam" DVDs marketed by a company named Sky from New Jersey credits Ayub M. Khan as the film's producer. That's not all. The Raj Kapoor-Waheeda Rahman film was directed by Basu Bhattacharya, but the cover says it was directed by Ram Lakhan.


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