Film title war in full swing in Bollywood
What is the difference between the title Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Thoda Life Thodi Magic. Just thoda and thodi. But this difference of one letter in one word of these titles is now simmering into a legal battle, on the grounds that similar sounding titles will cause confusion among the audience affecting the prospects of the films at the box-office.
While producer-director Kunal Kohli has already completed Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic for Yash Raj Films, due for a June 27 release, actor-producer Saahil Chadha says the name is similar to his film called Thoda Life Thodi Magic .
Chadha claims to have registered the name with the Title Registration Committee of the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) three years ago. As Kohli had registered the title of his movie with the Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India, a war of words ensued between IMPPA and the Guild.
Even as Chadha tried to pre-empt Kohli from advertising the movie with the title Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, the latter not only started the promo of the movie but also fixed its release date.
In the second instance, music company Venus’ forthcoming movie, Kushti , in which WWW wrestling champion Khali plays himself, has also got embroiled in a battle with producer Anoop Srivastava over the title.
Srivastava claims that he had registered the title, Kushti with IMPPA much before Venus. Along with Kushti , he says, he had also registered two other titles, Yaaran Di…Kushti and Kushti…Ab Aayega Maza , for his proposed movie.
In the third instance, producer Bikramjeet Singh Bhullar has also dragged actor-producer Anil Kapoor into a controversy over the title of the latter’s under-production movie, Shortkut . Bhullar has contended that he had registered the title, Shortcut long before Anil conceived the idea for his movie.
Anil quickly changed the title of the film by adding a tag line. So, now Anil’s comedy starring Akshaye Khanna, Amrita Rao and Arshad Warsi, is now called Shortkut… the con is on to make it seem different from the title of Bhullar’s movie.
In the fourth instance, Go Cam Films has also added a tag line, Follow your heart to the title of its latest movie Hastey Hastey . The production house was forced to do so following an order from the City Civil Court, Mumbai, after producer Harwinder Singh filed a petition, claiming that the title Hastey Hastey had already been registered in the name of his banner, Global Entertainment.
And thus the name games and the war on film titles go on relentlessly.