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June 10, 2004, 08:52 PM
The songs in question in real audio:
<a href=http://www.banglacricket.com/games/misc/Miles.ram>Miles - Phiriye Dao</a>
<a href=http://www.banglacricket.com/games/misc/Murder.ram>Murder - Jana Jane Jana</a>

Pukur churi!

<b>Troubled waters
Miles vs Malik</b>
Harun ur Rashid

The lawsuit filed by popular rock band of the country, Miles, against Indian music director Anu Malik for alleged tunelifting has been the talk of the town in recent days. Miles filed the case with the Kolkata High Court against the Bollywood musician for 'copying the tune, breaks, fillers and arrangements' of the band's most popular number Phiriye Dao Amar Prem and using it in the soundtrack Ja Jan-e Jana for the film Murder, says a Miles press release.

'It all came to my knowledge through an SMS from a fan in Dhaka,' says Hamin Ahmed, the guitarist-vocal of the band. 'Later we received more messages and calls informing Malik's copying the whole musical arrangement of the Miles number including the specific guitar parts ditto' he claims. 'The lyrics are a shadow of ours, the tune is the same,' claims Hamin. 'Even the beat breakup, the use of guitar and filler notes are the same.'

'Justice SK Mukherjee, on hearing the petition, took prima facie cognizance of the matter and passed an interim order restraining the respondents from keeping the controversial number (Ja Jan-e Jana) on the film's original soundtrack,' says the Miles press release. 'The respondents have also been barred from manufacturing, selling, distributing or marketing any music cassette or compact disc containing the song or any other "colourable imitation" of the band Miles' said musical work.'

The writ petition was filed also against the recording label of the film Murder, Saregama India Ltd. Pratap Chatterjee sought a court order for the seizure of the entire batch of soundtrack software from the Dum Dum studio of Saregama.

Our Kolkata correspondent informs that Miles' allegation, as far as the Bollywood and Tollywood (West Bengal's filmi para) is concerned, has not created a stir. 'It is as if, lifting a tune from any composer is a common routine. Malik, when contacted on the cell on June 8, refused to comment simply as the matter was sub-judice.'

Meanwhile, music director Anu Malik, in an interview with The Times of India, said recently, 'I am surprised and shocked at the allegations over the songs of Murder. First, I deny that the songs were lifted illegally.' Mahesh Bhatt acquired the rights of the songs from a Pakistani singer Aamir Jalal. 'I was asked to rearrange the songs, which I did. More than this I have nothing to say,' Malik said.

Mahesh Bhatt, the director of the film, pointed out, when contacted by our Correspondent in Kolkata over the phone, that the song that Miles was complaining about had not been used in the film. However, he admitted that the rights for the tune of the song Ja Jan-e Jana which is available in the audiocassette of Murder has been bought from a Pakistani singer and not from Miles.

Shafin Ahmed, vocalist of Miles, admits that he has heard of this. He, however, does not consider this as of much concern for them. 'Our album, which contains this particular track, was released in Dhaka in 1993,' says Hamin. In India, the song appeared in the 1997 release Best of Miles Vol. 1 from the production label Asha Audio. 'Everything will be settled by the Court,' says a confident Shafin.
Source: <a href=http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/06/11/d40611140171.htm>Dailystar</a>

June 11, 2004, 09:53 AM
miles kaar thike nokol korche.. that is the question!

June 11, 2004, 11:03 PM
In BBC Bangla (Provati, 12-06-2004) , it was denied that none of the tune, breaks, fillers and arrangements of the song of Miles was copied. The bollywood director challenged Miles to prove that it is their song and complained that Miles might have copied the song from the original song from a Pakistani musician. He stated that he got those from a Pakistani musician (Ameer Jamal), who in written documents gave him permission to use those. He also stated that the tune, breaks, fillers and arrangements were recorded in 1991 first, two years before Miles (Sahfin Vocal, Manam tune) recorded the song in 1993.

He said he will produces the evidences in the High Court.

Ameer Jamal did not agree to comment. He said time will decide everything.

However, Miles lawyer and Miles itself were very confident and expected a positive outcome of their complain in the High Court (India). Due to court injunction, the song had to be removed from the album.


[Edited on 12-6-2004 by abhs]

June 13, 2004, 02:57 PM
u don't need to be any expert to see that the two songs are the same. no doubt about it. the question is, what was the pak 3rd song of 1991? did miles took it or are they real.

i think, just by common sense, that the song of miles is real?
why? no one will go to court with a stolen song. if miles has stolen it, they would not go to court.

moreover, anu malik is wellknown for his geniusness of "cut and paste"