Bigg Boss 14 housemate Rahul Vaidya says Bollywood singers not paid for movie recordings

Bollywood playback singer Neha Kakkar had recently made a shocking revelation about singers not being paid in the Hindi film industry. Now, Rahul Vaidya has made similar allegations. Rahul, who is currently a housemate on Bigg Boss 14, said singers indeed don’t get paid for film recordings.

Neha Kakkar

In April, Neha had said: “We do not get paid for singing in Bollywood at all. What happens is they feel that if we give a super-hit song, the singer will earn through shows. I get a good amount from live concerts and everything, but Bollywood does not have this scene. To make us sing a song, they do not pay.” Her contention had been backed by singer Aditya Narayan, who had said they did not get a “single penny” in Bollywood and that there is a “pandemic in the music industry”.

Now, Rahul has made the same revelation. “It’s a very subjective decision, but yes it is correct that singers are not paid for film recordings, and I don’t want to shy away from that fact. But yes, at the same time singers make tonnes of money from their live performances,” Rahul said.

He points out that an “unsaid understanding” has developed between the producers and composers on one side and the singers.

“They tell us we make a lot of money from shows, so they don’t pay for film recordings of the songs. The idea is technically wrong. It is like telling an actor that you don’t charge for films because you would get money from endorsements. How does that make sense? It is technically wrong,” he pointed out. — IANS

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