Aamir Khan quits copyright panel

'3 Idiots' star 'disillusioned' by tabloid reports

MUMBAI -- Actor Aamir Khan has resigned from a panel formed by the government to discuss amendments to the Copyright Act, saying he was "disillusioned and sad" by media reports which he claimed showed him in a bad light.

Two Mumbai tabloids reported on Tuesday Khan and writer Javed Akhtar had a heated altercation during a meeting of the committee formed by Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal.

The Mumbai Mirror reported that Akhtar took exception to Khan's suggestion that lyricists do not make much of a contribution to the impact of a song. Khan said the news reports were false.

"I feel I have a lot to contribute to the ongoing debate but I cannot make any meaningful contribution in this atmosphere," the 44-year-old actor said in a letter to Sibal, a copy of which was circulated to the media.

"Aggression of this type leaves me feeling very disillusioned and sad and I am unable to function."

Khan, Akhtar and filmmaker Ramesh Sippy were among those named members of the committee, according to an official release on Sunday.

The release quoted Sibal as saying the existing situation in the film industry did not do justice to lyricists and music composers and amendments would ensure that authors will not be able to assign intellectual rights to the film producer.

Writers in Bollywood have for long been a neglected lot and even though The Film Writers Association of India is coming up with a model contract to ensure writers get a fair deal, producers don't seem to take it seriously.