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Sued one more time

The trouble for Ramesh Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum just doesn’t seem to end, giving it, perhaps, the dubious distinction of being the most-sued Bollywood film before its release.

bollywood Updated: Apr 21, 2011 01:01 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

The trouble for Ramesh Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum just doesn’t seem to end, giving it, perhaps, the dubious distinction of being the most-sued Bollywood film before its release. After the movie, set to hit theatres on Friday, was called to court over the obscene lyrics of its title song, promoting intoxication and depicting Goa in a negative light, it has now been dragged to the dock by the Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training for trademark infringement.

“We had initially accepted the producer’s proposal of portraying Bipasha (Basu) as a Frankfinn student, and agreed to share our logos and images of the signage as well as the student uniform. Later, we realised that the portrayal of Bipasha’s character was not in sync with our standards. So, we refused the proposal last year,” says Samir Valia of the school.

But, the uniform and signages used in the film still bear a striking similarity to the institute’s. “It seems to be a malicious attempt to cause irreparable damage to our reputation,” adds Walia. The company has claimed a damage of Rs 35 lakh, and the hearing is due today.
The film’s director Rohan Sippy says, “We’ll be serving our reply to the court and them. The matter is before the Delhi High Court, so we can’t comment.”

Courting trouble all the way
* Advocate Ashok Pande filed a case in the Allahabad High Court for the use of “obscene language and inclusion of indecent and highly suggestive lyrics”
* Goa-based Savio Rodrigues filed a petition claiming that the film showed Goa in bad light
* The Goa State Women’s Commission filed a complaint against the film for derogatory remarks against women in Goa.

Almost the same?
The signboards of the Frankfinn air-crew school and the fictitious ‘Pinnacle’ institute in the film bear a striking similarity, as seen in the picture. The logo on the left of the institute name, the tag line and the picture of the girl with a stroller skybag are identical in both the boards.