Malaika Arora Khan might have gone Zandu balm for Salman Khan in the song Munni badnaam hui from Dabangg, but the manufacturers of the pain-relieving ointment are not amused with the lyrics, and have threatened to sue the makers, reports DNA.
The line Main Zandu balm hui, darling tere liye doesn't seem to have gone down well with the manufacturers, and the company has dashed off a notice, dated September 17, to Arbaaz Khan Productions Private Limited claiming it is the sole copyright holder of “not only the product, but as also the name Zandu balm”.
It has asked the producers to withdraw the song or delete the name of the product from it, failing which the firm has threatened civil and criminal action against the producers.
The notice sent by Zandu’s lawyer Ashok M Saraogi to Arbaaz Khan, his partner and wife Malaika Arora (Munni in the movie), Shri Ashtavinayak Cinemas Ltd, and director Abhinav Kashyap, points out, “My clients are in the business of producing and marketing various ayurvedic and other medicines including a popular product known as Zandu balm, which is a very common word used by the people, since it is commonly used for pain and related complaints.”
The notice adds, “In the song, the name Zandu balm has been used continuously at various places. By using the brand name in the song, you have not only violated the copyright of my clients, but you have also made an attempt to defame the reputation of my clients and the product manufactured by them.”