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Movies in legal tangle

Almost every big Bollywood movie in 2010 invited a legal suit. Here's remembering ten such 'legally controversial' movies. Parmita Uniyal reports.

bollywood Updated: Dec 29, 2010 13:13 IST
Parmita Uniyal
Parmita Uniyal
Hindustan Times

Almost every big Bollywood movie in 2010 invited a legal suit. Be it comedies like Housefull and Golmaal 3, political drama Raajneeti, action masala flick Dabangg, or Sanjay Leela Bhansali's arty movie Guzaarish, people remember these films more for their legal troubles than storyline. Here's remembering ten such 'legally controversial' movies:

Dhobi Ghaat: The movie landed in controversial waters even before its release, over its title. The film was sued by dhobi community for using the word dhobi in the movie title, alleging that it's derogatory for the community. Court, however, dismissed the petition saying the title referred to geographical location and is not community specific.

MunniDabangg: Just when Munni Badnaam Hui number was ruling the music charts, Emami filed a lawsuit against Dabangg makers for using their sinking brand 'Zandu Balm' in a 'derogatory' way in the song. The lawsuit was settled out of court and Munni Badnaam Hui became a jingle for Zandu Balm that even managed to raise the sales of the ointment. Some marketing sense!

Golmaal 3: It was only after the film became a blockbuster, a stammering organisation sued the makers for making fun of people who stammer.

Veer: A lawsuit was filed by Pavan Choudary against the filmmaker of Veer, alleging that the film had illegally used some concepts from his book. Choudary had sought damages of Rs 20 lakh from the producer and the director of the film for alleged violation of his copyright for making illegal gains by lifting a portion from his book Trilogy of Wisdom.

Housefull: Tamil film producer P L Thenappan claimed that director Sajid Khan's Housefull is copied from his Tamil movie Kadhala Kadhala starring Kamal Haasan and Prabhu Deva. Thenappan has filed a lawsuit against the producer of House Full Sajid Nadiadwala and demanded Rs 3 crore as compensation. Nadiadwala termed Thenappan's accusation as baseless.

Knock Out: Twentieth Century Fox had sought a stay on the release saying Knock Out was copied from its film Phone Booth.

GuzaarishThe makers of the film agreed to deposit Rs 1.5 crore.

Raajneeti: Prakash Jha got slapped with a legal suit from Naseem Khan, a social worker who claimed that the movie defamed Sonia Gandhi.

Guzaarish: Scriptwriter Akhil Rajendra Dwivedi sued filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Rs 2 crore alleging that the director used his script without informing him. Dwivedi claimed that he had registered his script in 2005 and had even met Bhansali in 2008. SLB loved the script and said that he would get back to Dwivedi in a few weeks' time. However, he never reverted and was unreachable for Dwivedi.

Action Replayy: Distribution company Eros Worldwide sued Vipul Shah for non payment of dues. The dues amounted to Rs 6.5 crore.

Toonpur Ka Superrhero: Ajay Devgn locked horns with many B-town celebs in Toonpur... The actor-producer is being sued by musician Bappi Lahiri for spoofing him as Gappi in the film. He also angered lovebirds Saif and Kareena by portraying them as cartoon character.

First Published: Dec 27, 2010 15:44 IST