The Indian Premier League is back in full swing, and with its share of controversies, no less! The opening ceremony act received a lot of flak for its dismal Bollywood performances to the tunes regular Bollywood songs. While mass criticism centered around the ‘thanda’ performances, big fires were doused behind the scenes. According to reports, the organisers had failed to get the necessary licence from IPRS for using music for the performances beforehand. The licence to use music at matches had been procured, however.
In the days leading up to the event, Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) slapped a legal notice on IPL, BCCI and Encompass Events Pvt Ltd (the company organising the opening ceremony). The matter was covered in the Press and the organisers promptly paid the licence fees the following afternoon. The organisers were given a huge concession, reportedly.