Legal Notice seek removal of all the dialogues and scenes that “infringe the Trademark” of the shop.
Some weeks after it’s release, Shah Rukh Khan-starter Movie ‘Fan’ has run into a legal trouble, with a Delhi-based sweet shop ‘Ghantewala’. It has sent a legal notice to the producers and the star of the Film for allegedly using its brand name without any permission.
The film depicts the ‘fan’, Shah Rukh Khan’s Delhi-based movie character Gaurav, taking a box/pack of sweets from ‘Ghantewala’s sweet shop’ to meet his favorite filmstar. In a subsequent scene, this box of sweets falls on the ground in a commotion outside the filmstar’s residence.
The owner of the Ghantewala sweet shop, Sushant Jain, has now sent a legal notice to the Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra, director Maneesh Sharma, writers Habib Faisal and Sharat Katariya, and Shah Rukh Khan. Jain has asked them to remove all the dialogues and scenes that “infringe the Trademark” of the shop.
According to the notice sent through his Lawyer Ankit Sahni, the trademark of the shop is infringed. The shop has been operating in Old Delhi for last more than 200 Years, since 1790. The notice has requires the filmmakers to remove all dialogues and mentions of the shop.
“Ghantewala sweet shop is perhaps a one-of-a-kind business that has, over the past more than 225 years of its coming into existence, it has witnessed history unfold before itself and it has been instrumental in its own way in shaping it..,” stated the Legal notice.
The notice claims that the usage of name ‘Ghantewala sweets’, “without seeking any consent, permission and/or license from our client amounts to infringement of their trademark.”
“By such an act of deliberate legal infringement, you are attempting to misrepresent and deceive the viewers and public at large into believing that your said feature film titled “FAN” enjoys the patronage, sponsorship and endorsement of our clients, which facts are neither true in any manner nor correct.
The notice goes on to say that in fact, Ghantewala’s wish that they does not want to have any association with you, your feature film and/or its consequent success or failure at Box Office,” the notice added. IE
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