Shahrukh Khan's 'Fan' in legal trouble over copyright infingement

Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Fan’ which released on April 15, has landed in legal soup for copyright infringement. A Delhi-based sweet shop ‘Ghantewala’ has slapped a legal notice to the superstar and the makers of ‘Fan’ for allegedly using its brand in the movie name without permission.

In a scene in the film, Shah Rukh’s character of Delhi-based fan Gaurav Chandna is seen taking a box of sweets that has ‘Ghantewala sweets’ written on it, when he goes to Mumbai to meet his hero Aryan Khanna. In a later scene, the box of sweets falls on ground during the commotion outside the Aryan’s residence.

The owner of the sweet shop Sushant Jain has sent a legal notice to Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra, director Maneesh Sharma, writers Habib Faisal and Sharat Katariya, and Shah Rukh Khan, reported The Indian Express.

The notice sent through advocate Ankit Sahni, has sought the removal of all the dialogues and scenes that “infringe the trademark” of the shop, which has been operating in Old Delhi since 1790.

“Our client is perhaps a one-of-a-kind business that has, over the past more than 225 years of its existence, witnessed history unfold before itself and has been instrumental in its own way in shaping it..,” stated the notice.

The notice has alleged that the use of the name ‘Ghantewala sweets’, “without seeking the consent, permission and/or license of our client amounts to infringement of trademark.”

“Such act of deliberate infringement, you are attempting to misrepresent and deceive the public at large into believing that your said feature film titled “FAN” enjoys the patronage, sponsorship and endorsement of our clients, and/or that such use as is described above in your said feature film is under license from our client, which facts are neither true nor correct. In fact, it is our client’s wish that our client does not want to have any association with you, your feature film and/or its consequent success or failure,” the notice added.