Prakash Jha has won the first round in the defamation case filed by the Birla group of industries in the Delhi High Court.
The Delhi High Court refused to pass an order of injunction while disposing of the application. However the Honourable Court has directed to show additional disclaimers when the song in question ‘Mehngai’ is played at the time of exhibition and inter alia held that this order shall not stand in the way of release of the film on 24th October 2012.
Incidentally, after the legal notice from the Birla group of industries for a satirical mention of their name in a song about price rise and inflation, a writ petition has apparently been filed by the Bata group in the Delhi High Court against the same song Mehngai.
In fact, a song written by lyricist Varma Malik in a 1978 film Heeralal Pannalal had the following lines: “Seedhe raste chaloge to aisa dhamaka milega jhopdi mein Birla aur Tata milega aur Bata ki dukaan mein bhi aata milega.”
Prakash Jha has no intentions of removing the number Mehngai from Chakravyuh.