Actor Anil Kapoor is one protective daddy to daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor. The girls, in January 2016, had announced their passion project Veere Di Wedding. The movie was to go on-floors by mid-May 2016 and stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania and is helmed by Shashanka Ghosh.
However, due to Kareena’s pregnancy, the project got pushed ahead and is now slated to begin shoot in April/May 2017. And if the delay wasn’t enough, then there is yet another challenge for the makers now.
According to a popular tabloid, shooting for another movie, titled Veerey Ki Wedding is underway and has completed almost 50% of the shoot. The movie stars Jimmy Sheirgill and debutante Diljott. Given that this movie has an identical name to that of Veere Di Wedding, the Kapoors don’t seem to be happy. Anil Kapoor has written to the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPAA), claiming that they first registered the title and has demanded intervention.
While Anil didn’t comment on the issue when contacted by the tabloid, director of Veerey Ki Wedding Ashu Trikha said, that they had acquired copyright and trademark for the title and also got it registered with their association, the Indian Film and TV Producers Council. According to Ashu, the Bollywood film producers are associated with different associations, all of which are headed by the different filmmakers, though combined. They take the final call.
“The association suggests that a trademark supersedes any other registration. Legally, we have supported our title with everything,” says the director adding, “Shooting for the songs, including the title track of the romantic-actioner, is complete. Following a packed schedule next week, 80 per cent of the film will be ready.”
Interestingly, IMPAA had asked the team of Veerey Ki Wedding to change their title. However, when they learnt of the trademark, they let the film have the same title. Also since a major portion of the movie was shot, they let it go ahead with the name.
A senior member of IMPAA informed the tabloid, “Anil will have to choose a new title, since shooting is yet to commence for his film. That’s the only way out.”
We wonder what Anil Kapoor or his daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor have to react to this!