Actor Abhay Deol, who is making his debut as a producer with 'One By Two', seems unhappy with the way the film is being marketed.
Last night at the Screen awards, Abhay was spotted with a 'black eye' as a symbol of protest.
"The black eye I was sporting at the Screen awards is my symbol of protest. It was a way to say that the marketing of my film 'One by Two' has taken a beating. In my profession we often use makeup to create drama," Abhay said.
The music of 'One By Two' has not released yet while the film is set to hit the screens on January 31.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have composed the music of the film, are refusing to abide by the terms laid down by music label T-Series. Their contract is yet to be signed and hence the music of the film has not been released.
The trio has asked to collect the royalty of the film's music directly. Their lawyers have advised them not to sign the agreement as it is illegal and cannot allow the music company to collect royalty on their behalf.
Abhay has chosen to side with the trio. "I have always worked with the underdog and I have never hesitated from doing films that nobody else wanted to do. I know I have lost out on the music but I will not allow injustice to anyone," he said.
Full text of Abhay Deol's facebook post:
GET READY FOR A BATTLE-
My friends, I just did the unthinkable. I took on the giant record label of the music industry. Many of you on FB and those I meet on the road have been asking me when the music of my film will release. It is the 14th of January, my film is out on the 31st of this month and yet there are no albums available in the market.
Well the entire music fraternity is up in arms against the record labels because they expect musicians to sign a contract with a clause that is against the law. Producers like myself are expected to make sure that they sign. Which means if anyone is arrested for breaking the law it will be the producer!
I am also against the exploitation of artists. I believe in their rights and even if a musician was ready to sign it, I would advise him/her against it. As a result, I have no album in the market. In fact now, I wouldn't be surprised if the music company pulls out my promos from the TV channels. I don't have radio play anyway.
So far, no producer or studio has taken on this record label. Me and Viacom have nothing more to lose, they have already killed any potential buzz the music could have created for the film had it been put up for sale weeks ago. At the moment I have the entire music fraternity behind me. Ram Sampat and Sona Mohapatra , Amit Trivedi, Vishal and Shekhar, Javed Akhtar and of course Shankar Ehsaan and Loy have all expressed their support.
Now I am just waiting to see which producers, actors and studios will come forth to highlight this issue.
I hope my film will not suffer as a result.
I believe in the power of the individual.