Consuming the netizens like never before is the rage of Zoya Akhtar‘s upcoming directorial Gully Boy especially the latest track from the movie, Mere Gully Mein. Giving rap genre his electric touch, lead actor Ranveer Singh recreated Divine andNaezy‘s composition. Though the song shot up to become an instant chartbuster, Sajeel Kapoor aka Sez On The Beat, original producer of Mere Gully Mein, took to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon to accuse the makers of non-payment of dues and royalties as promised.
His statement, that evidently garnered limelight and left everyone astonished, read, “It’s a bit weird writing this out since I’m not one to go to social media to reach out and shit but this was something I felt I needed to say. I legit have nothing to do with the new version of Mere Gully Mein that was released today. I wasn’t even aware of the fact that the song was going to be used in the movie until a little while ago and when I got to know about it I thought the original song will be used. Smh. I still think that what we did with Mere Gully Mein was what changed the scene and brought that new sound to our country. We’re all rooting for the movie to succeed and introduce the Bollywood audience to what we put our heart and soul into, and for the new opportunities that such a big stage brings all of us. But this is also the sad reality of how the industry works in this country, even after contacting the original label several times, I haven’t been paid for my work on this track despite having a contract and my publishing split being agreed and assigned. Just felt y’all needed to hear my piece on this” (sic).
However, later on Wednesday evening, Sez clarified his statement through the same medium. In the status update, he first thanked everyone for their unexpected massive support which made him feel honoured as an artist and then cleared the confusion he initially had with the makers.
His updated statement read, “Firstly, I wanted to thank everyone for their support, I didn’t expect my post to gather this much attention and the fact that you guys are out here listening is an honour, but I had to say what was on my mind. I also wanted to make something clear as there appears to be some confusion. The issue lies with the original label who have licensed out my composition on several occasions and have failed to pay me my due share every single time. Ankur Tewari and Excel Entertainment have done all they can to help me and I wanted to thank them for trying to get this all resolved. Hopefully will be able to tell you all some positive news soon” (sic).
It's a bit weird writing this out since I'm not one to go to social media to reach out and shit but this was something I…Sez On The Beat यांनी वर पोस्ट केले मंगळवार, २२ जानेवारी, २०१९
Mere Gully Mein released on Tuesday and the unstoppable track’s credits do mention Divine, Naezy and Sez On The Beat as composers. While Ranveer, Divine and Naezy crooned effortlessly to it, the lyrics too have been penned down by the talented duo – Divine and Naezy. Starring Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Vijay Verma apart from Ranveer, Gully Boy is slated to hit cinema screens on February 14.