Playback singers are paid very poorly: Alisha Chinai

Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) After her super hits "Kajra re" and "It's rocking", playback singer Alisha Chinai is going places or so you'd like to believe. But she has another story to tell.

"Playback singers always get relegated to the sidelines. They continue to be underdogs of the music industry. We really need to be paid. I've been fighting for 10 years," Alisha told IANS.

"I've always maintained a parallel music career outside the movies. In the movies, they think they're doing me a favour. An average film star gets Rs.20 million, and a playback singer gets Rs.20,000 to 25,000. Even when a song like 'Kajra re' becomes a runaway hit, I don't benefit. We're paid the pits."

Music director Bappi Lahiri's