Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan are pretty synonymous with each other. It is also safe to say that combined entity is the religion of many cinemagoers who have often failed to articulate SRK’s charm on a silver screen. Including yours truly. Whether you are a fan of his work or not is debatable but there is no one who has been able to resist the wit and dimples of Khan. No one except this particular professor who came on KBC and reprimanded SRK for trying to hug her. Well, we are here today to talk about another teacher who had, back in 2016, sued the makers for–not making this up–excluding the Jabra song from Fan.
In her complaint, Afreen Fatima Zaidi from Maharashtra’s Aurangabad stated thet she felt cheated and deceived because they promoted the song with the song and edited it out from the film which played in theatres. She also claimed that her children did not eat food the night they went to watch the film, as they were disappointed over the fact that the song was not part of the film. This led to increase in acidity levels and consequential hospitalization, reports Bar and Bench.
Now not only did the case presented the fandom with peak SRK mania but also baffled industry stakeholders about the novelty of it all. Because while the district consumer redressal forum rejected her complaint, she managed to convince the state consumer disputes redressal commission. And in 2017, the state commission ordered YRF to pay ₹10,000 in compensation and ₹5,000 as litigation costs. Which led to the film production company challenging the decision at the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. But to no avail because the national commission upheld the findings of the state commission.
They then moved to the supreme court but now the SC has stayed the order of the NCDRC directing YRF to pay ₹15,000 along as compensation to the consumer. According to a Hindustan Times report, the two-judge bench of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian questioned the exclusion of the song and issued, “The problem is that you (production house) show something else in the trailer which is not there in the movie. When the trailer is released, it is a trailer of the movie. Why were you marketing your movie with the song when you knew it was meant to be for promotion of the film?” The order also added that “If there is a common practice in the industry that does not mean that the practice should continue.”
Needless to say, the case has got Twitter talking about the absurdity of it all and the precedence it obviously sets. The rest are obviously worried about the ample time people have to do such things. See for yourself.
Logo ke paas bahut time hai bhai
— Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) September 20, 2021
To think that milord judges of the Supreme Court of India have time to deal with such frivolous/urgent(!) things AND dispense ‘justice…’
… and yet not bother much about the HUGE pendency of cases and corruption in the ‘justice’ system… https://t.co/u7teVm1PIu
— nʌᴉɐsᴉɥʇo (@othisaivu) September 21, 2021
The funniest part of the story is that the Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission directed YRF to pay 10k in damages to the “consumer”. https://t.co/sCuLjBbplB
— 🌻 Mukul Chadda 🐯 (@mukulchadda) September 21, 2021
Correction: SC issued notices on an appeal by YRF against the NCDRC order directing them to pay the aggrieved fan. The Bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Justice V Ramasubramanium also stayed the NCDRC order.
— Mahim Pratap Singh (@mayhempsingh) September 21, 2021
— Faisal Malik فیصل ملک फैसल मलिक (@faisalmushtaque) September 21, 2021
So, what do you think about the entire issue? Tweet to us @MashableIndia and let us know! Also, this is the film’s fate manifesting in another way or what?