Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Delhi Belly: Aamir Khan Puts “Bose DK” Trademark Controversy to Bed

Delhi Belly’s on its way to becoming a cult hit, and for good reason, which I can vouch for after cackling like a wild goose in the cinema hall today! It’s a trend-setter no doubt, let’s hope this doesn’t end up spawning another set of formulaic movies.

The controversial chartbuster from Delhi Belly, “Bhaag DK Bose”, was recently objected to by Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra who claimed that the phrase 'Bose DK' was originally their idea (I doubt that because this was an old joke at my alma mater IIT Kharagpur, where a certain professor T.K.Bose was addressed as “Prof.Bose T.K.” by the students). 

Thukral and Tagra say “Bose DK” was the title of their first exhibition at Gallery Nature Morte in 2005, apparently they have a registered trademark too.

Aamir Khan was in New Delhi 2 days ago to clarify that he had no intentions of claiming any rights over “Bose DK”. The matter was settled once Aamir acknowledged the rights of the trademark owners. 

Looks like Aamir’s learnt a lot about IP rights after his alleged fracas with Lyricist Javed Akhtar on amendments to the Copyright Act...but when will the mainstream media learn? The Economic Times calls it a “copyright issue”. The opening line of the article reads thus:

“'Bhaag DK Bose', the popular song from Aamir Khan's latest production 'Delhi Belly' accidentally infringed copyrights of an artist duo who have a registered trademark of a similar name, but the actor has now amicably resolved the issue


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