Controversy and Salman Khan can very well be termed as synonyms. This time round when he played safe and saved himself from any unnecessary hurdles, his latest film ‘Ready’ has courted a legal fight.
A Turkish songwriter Mohammed Azam, filed a case of plagiarism against music director Pritam, for stealing the lyrics of the song ‘Character Dheela Hai’, (a superhit already).
Now, Pritam has said that he may take legal action against the Turkish songwriter. Earlier this week, the Bombay High Court has already dismissed Azam’s petition, stating that Pritam was not a lyricist.
"I was very upset when I heard about it, but after seeing the legal notice, I realised that they were baseless and questionable. I may take a legal action against them because talking to media before the court gives its verdict is criminal offence, according to the law of the land," said Pritam.
Azam, who claims that he had registered the song with the Writers Association in July 2007, filed a plagiarism case against Pritam in a city civil court, but lost the case May 23, 2011. He then appealed in the Bombay High Court, but Justice A.R. Joshi dismissed his plea.
"Their appeal is dismissed, we won the case. Justice Joshi didn’t find any merit in the case," Pritam’s lawyer Henal Dhruva Vakharia said adding, "He had already filed one case in the city civil court where he lost. He moved the high court. The court ruled that it is not his original lyrics. Nonetheless, Pritam never writes lyrics."
Earlier, musician Anu Malik had alleged that Pritam lifted the tune of ‘Character Dheela…’ from his song ‘Mohabaat Naam Hai Kiska’ of the 2001 film ‘Ajnabee’.(IANS)