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Stop for a drink

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’s telecast is stalled following a plea by makers of Roohafza.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: June 14, 2013 5:50 am

The film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has already earned more than Rs 100 crore and starts its third week run today. But it is never too late for controversies in Bollywood. The Delhi High Court has issued notices to its makers on behalf of Hamdard National Foundation,makers of Roohafza,for “targetting the reputation of a household drink”.

The film,which released on May 31,has two scenes where the syrup is mentioned and the character Bunny,played by Ranbir Kapoor,expresses dislike for the product. These sequences are at the heart of the controversy as the court has restrained the makers from releasing the film on either home video or television. It is being viewed as infringement of copyright. The film’s theatre release,however,remains unaffected. Its release on television and home video,the court added,is possible if the makers,Dharma Productions,omit the “detrimental dialogues”.

The respondents have been asked to reply by July 15. While the makers of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani refused to comment,sources say that the team is currently working on an edited version for television.

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