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Karan?s Kabhi Alvida?in trouble?

A filmmaker claims rights over the film title, says Arnab Banerjee.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 01:37 IST

Some people pay a heavy price for being celebrities and Karan Johar is probably one such man. After being endlessly grilled about his latest film's storyline, which he claims is something that "would shock everyone," Johar's woes are far from over.

Just as he was finalising details with his distributors for a worldwide release in August, a Delhi-based filmmaker, Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, co-producer of Mind's I Films, has claimed the rights over the title.

Chowdhury claims to have registered the titled with the Registrar of Trade Marks Department of India. He slams Johar and the entire film fraternity for not abiding by the rules made lawfully in India and instead practicing what seems to be an arbitrary law.

 Johar's mega-budget film has run into troubled waters

Chowdhury argues that the meaning of inter-alia section 2 (1) and (zb) of the Trade Marks Act of 1999 has entitled him the statutory rights of registration of the title, the application for which was put up on 20th June last year in 2005. "I have been dealing with the said title in relation to the said films within the ambit of the various provisions of the Copyright Act 1957 as per law."

"How could one body, which does not follow any rules made by the government, decide what Karan Johar feels about the title? My title was registered last year and it has been with me ever since," says the director.

Some people feel Chowdhury is pulling a gimmick to attract notice or look for some monetary gains if the dispute over the title goes to court. Johar would then have to shell out the necessary moolah to buy the title from this nonentity. Though the director disagrees.

"My subject is such that there cannot be any title but the one I have chosen," says Chowdhury. Focussing on the 'Science of belief’, his film deals with a subject that defies age-old customs of myth and traditions. On his part he is leaving nothing unturned to earn publicity, having roped in no less than Kumar Sanu and the Bhangra pop King Daler Mehndi to croon some of the songs in the film.

The Delhi High Court has sent summons to Karan Johar and the case is scheduled for hearing on 5th of May.

Karan Johar’s movie is a mega-budget film, the actual spend of which is not being disclosed as of now. The cast comprises of Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Arjun Rampal with Urmila Matondkar and John Abraham making special appearances.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 04:45 IST