Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has lashed out at Karan Johar’s Dharma Production for misusing his title Bollywood Wives. Bhandarkar accused the production house of misappropriating titles that are registered under his name. The Director has filed a complaint in Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) against Dharma Productions. The Fashion director shared the details of the complaint on twitter and revealed that despite multiple notices from IFTDA, IMPPA, and FWICE on misusing and tweaking of his film industry, there has been no response from Johar’s production house yet.
Earlier, Madhur Bhandarkar had claimed that producer Karan Johar and his partner Apoorva Mehta had approached him for the title Bollywood Wives for their Netflix reality show which delves into the lives of Bollywood wives Bhavana Pandey, Maheep Kapoor, Seema Khan and Neelam Kothari. But he did not approve their request as his own project is underway. The two then slightly modified the title to Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives and went ahead with it.
The Federation of Western India Employees, in its notice to Dharma Productions, wrote,the body has received a complaint from our affiliate, IFTDA that you are misusing the titled Bollywood Wives by adding The Fabulous Lives of’ as a tagline. This is a very serious matter which needs immediate attention from your side because as per the rules and regulations of FIlm Makers COmbine and IFTDA, the similar titles can’t be used by two different producers and you have used the title getting approval from your association. It is, therefore, a breach of trust and infringement of rights of our affiliate’s members. You are requested to not use the said title with immediate effect, otherwise, disciplinary action will be taken against you/ your banner and your sister’s concerns.