"Black-waala's word is more reliable than critic's" - Mahesh Bhatt

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By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood Hungama News Network

It is common knowledge by now that Pritam's compositions for Tum Mile are already all over on internet even though the album is yet to officially hit the stands. The pirated copy of the songs with credit details intact have been available on number of music websites since the weekend gone by.

Of course the initial reaction of the entire Bhatt camp was that of being shaken and stirred. However, as the dust settled down and realization struck that a partial damage had been done, the cast and crew of the film started looking at quite a few positive aspects of things.

Says Mahesh Bhatt who is always willing to find positive points in the grimmest of situations, "Pirates have declared Tum Mile music a hit. I guess they know more than everyone else. They got to the consumer even before we opened sales. This pretty much speaks volumes about the kind of excitement that the product has generated over the months."

Not everyone associated with the film is excited in a similar manner though. Kunal Deshmukh, whose Jannat was a huge musical success, is disappointed that the music is being downloaded without the consumer spending even a rupee.

"It is disgusting and a direct attack on those very people who continue to hold such a strong view against piracy", he fumes, "Bhatts are known to be trail blazers when it comes to raising a voice against piracy. All these efforts are pushed back when their own product is pirated and that too before its release. It is so sad that we are even talking about it when our album release is still a day away."

"But by not talking about it we won't be able to stop piracy", Mahesh Bhatt has a counter argument here, "After all the black-waala's word is always more reliable than that of the critic! He is the voice of the masses after all. If he has managed to make the music a HIT then well, let's accept that rather than running away from reality."

Composer Pritam though is distraught that Tum Mile is being heard online.

"The music of Tum Mile is one of my finest and deserves to be respected", he says, "It deserves to be heard on a proper CD rather than through illegal downloads. I hope and pray that the damage is minimal and the music follows a good sales graph once it hits the stands."

Kunal does try to bring on a smile too even in the most adverse of circumstances, "I am with Pritam when he says that. When I go through social networking sites and see people talking good things about Tum Mile and recommending it to people around, it only makes me further confident about the product that I have in hand. In a way, at least one scare factor is off because the music seems to have been widely accepted."

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