Ac­tor­singer Karan Oberoi talks about the roy­alty is­sue de­bate and says he doesn’t want to cringe when he watches him­self on TV

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Karan Oberoi has joined the on­go­ing de­bate about roy­alty for singers, mu­sic com­posers and lyri­cists. He feels it needs to be re­solved soon. “This is a much needed rev­o­lu­tion in the mu­sic in­dus­try. There is no voice talk­ing about this is­sue. It has been swept un­der the car­pet since a long time. The law is clear that we should get roy­alty but we don’t. I am still al­right as I am manag­ing be­cause I am an ac­tor too. But there are so many oth­ers who die in ab­ject poverty. What both­ers me the most is that peo­ple who are manag­ing the cre­ative world say what­ever I earn from your cre­ation will all be mine, which is hor­ren­dous. If this is­sue gets mo­men­tum and peo­ple really talk about it, then it will be re­solved.” Karan is a part of a band called A Band Of Boys and they have re­leased many sin­gles in­clud­ing, ‘Meri neend ud gai hai’ and ‘Tu he mera pyaar gori’. Karan has re­cently re­leased his new sin­gle, which is his take on the hit clas­sic song ‘Chaud­havin Ka chand’ (Chaud­hvin Ka Chand; 1960). “I have given it my touch with due credit to the masters who cre­ated the song. I haven’t changed the melodic essence of the song. But the or­ches­tra­tion is alien­at­ing many young­sters. So, I have given these songs a mod­ern feel. This sin­gle is part of an al­bum which has 15 other songs — old melodies rein­ter­preted for the mod­ern world. I re­mem­ber mu­sic videos in the ’90s and early 2000 had a sto­ry­line and they are high on nos­tal­gia. Peo­ple want to see a good story with a mu­sic video and I don’t want to just be part of a song.” Other than singing, Karan is also work­ing in a TV show and a movie. The ac­tor who has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous TV shows in­clud­ing Saaya and Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, says, “I like to keep busy and bal­ance both films and TV. I am glad to be part of a fi­nite TV show and it’s not a daily soap which is won­der­ful. I be­lieve in do­ing lit­tle work but want to do qual­ity stuff. I don’t want to cringe while watch­ing my­self on screen.” Karan en­joys bal­anc­ing both medi­ums as he feels to­day ev­ery­one is a mul­ti­tasker. “I be­lieve that if you want to do many things, you need to in­crease the num­ber of hours you work in a day. I get up at 5.30am and my day ends at 11pm. I don’t want to be an ac­tor who sings, but I want to be a play­back singer who can act. My pur­suit in life is no one should be be able to fault me in my singing or act­ing,” says the ac­tor-singer.

Karan Oberoi

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