IPRS chairman Javed Akhtar spoke to G.C. Shekhar over Ilaiyaraaja's recent remarks that the he needed to be paid royalties for public performance of his songs. "It is my creation, and when you earn money from that, should I not get my due share from that?" he asked in an emotional video post. Excerpts:
Ilaiyaraaja says he has left the IPRS as it has failed him, and has asked the Cine Musicians’ Union to collect his royalties.
Yes he has left us, and it is a sad day for us. Ilaiyaraaja is a true legend, and the quality and quantity of his songs vouch for this. I must admit that when I took over, things were chaotic, but we are setting our house in order. I am truly shocked that he has taken this decision.
The IPRS has been in existence since 1969, and things went smoothly for years. But of late there has been a huge backlog in payments, and the monitoring has also slackened?
Yes, payments were delayed. Since receipts and payments were made physically, there was pilferage. Now we have made everything...