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'Ram Sampath schemed to make money out of me'
April 11, 2008 19:44 IST
With Krazzy 4 [Images] hitting the theatres today, the film's producer Rakesh Roshan has hit out at music composer Ram Sampath -- who had slapped a copyright infringement case against him and later withdrew for an out-of-court settlement -- and alleged the latter had schemed to make money out of him.
In a statement issued today, Roshan said that the music of Krazzy 4 was launched in February and the promos containing the alleged infringed work was released on television at the same time.
"All these days, Ram Sampath chose to wait and instituted the suit in the high court just a few days before the release of the film. This was a well-planned scheme of making money. Having all the proof in my hand to defend, I was helpless for want of time," Roshan charged.
The filmmaker said he was required to be in the court when the prints of the film had been delivered all over the world.
"Finding myself caught in a helpless situation and to keep up my commitment with distributors and to respect the feelings of the audience, I had no way but to succumb to the pressure and to compromise on the matter, thereby seeing that the film is released on the announced date.
"To honour all these commitments, moral and professional, I paid the price to Ram Sampat who strangulated me just days before the release," he alleged.