And the production house headed by Aditya Chopra, which made the Hindi original, is seeing red and taking legal action against the makers of the Telugu flick. However, the Telugu filmmakers claim that they have been inspired by the Wedding Planner.
In Kollywood, director Lingusamy, is set to present and release Jabardasth in Tamil as Dum Dum Pee Pee, but he may have to do a rethink as the Mumbai production house could take action against him also if he releases it here. He tells, "I have told the Telugu filmmakers that I need an NOC from the people concerned before I release the film in Tamil." Apparently, the film is slated for release in April.
Says Rafiq Gangjee, Vice President, Marketing and Communications of the Mumbai production house that made Band Baaja Baaraat, "We had shared our concerns with them early last year before the film went on floor, but unfortunately, the producers did not acknowledge the same. We were hopeful that Jabardasth would not have any similarity with Band Baaja Baaraat. However, now with the release of Jabardasth, it seems obvious that the film is dependent on plot lines from Band Baaja Baaraat. Irrespective of whether we are planning to venture out into the south, no one has the right to infringe on our IP. Our legal team is looking at evaluating the film in respect to its content and we are in the process of taking appropriate action, if required."
Incidentally, the Mumbai production house has ventured into the south and is set to remake Band Baaja Baaraat in Tamil and Telugu with Nani in the lead.