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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Kajol may not even get invited by Yash Raj Films

Robin Bansal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 07, 2012
First Published: 18:51 IST(7/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:53 IST(8/11/2012)

Actor-producer Ajay Devgn’s big fight with Yash Raj Films (YRF) over their Diwali releases — Son of Sardaar (SoS) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) respectively — may just spoil things for Kajol.

Or so fears her hubby Devgn, since Kajol has been one of YRF’s leading ladies but that equation may change in the wake of this ugly situation. 

We asked him if Kajol will attend the grand premiere of JTHJ on November 12 for which all of Yash Chopra’s heroines will be present as a tribute, and he said, “I hope she does and I think she would. But I don’t know if it happens now — that is, if she is even invited! So don’t put the ball in my court, she should be invited first.”

Meanwhile, the Competition Commission of India has rejected Ajay’s complaint against YRF alleging abuse of dominant position by arm-twisting distributors in giving more single screen windows to JTHJ vis-à-vis SoS. But, Devgn hasn’t lost hope. “That is not the end. We’ve moved the Competition Appellate Tribunal. Let’s see what happens now,” he said while in the Capital since the last two days to promote the flick.

Actress Kajol at an event
Though Ajay Devgn Films filed the complaint before YRF head Yash Chopra’s demise, the matter came to the fore only after he passed away. Asked if that worked against him, Ajay said, “I don’t think so. I am not very happy about it. Forget about bad timing, he was a legend and will always be. But at that point of time, when the timing has gone wrong, you are in a situation where you cannot withdraw (the complaint) also. If you know me, you’ll know that in the past 21 years, I’ve never woken up one morning and said, ‘let’s have a controversy’.”

Case in point
Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) complained to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Yash Raj Films (YRF) alleging malpractice in connection with the clash of the release of the latter’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ), with the former’s Son Of Sardaar (SoS) on Diwali, Nov 13. It was alleged that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to JTHJ instead of SoS. But the case was rejected on Monday by the CCI, and ADF has now approached the Competition Apellate Tribunal.

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