The Apex Court of India has allowed screening of the song ‘Mehangai’ in Prakash Jha’s movie Chakravyuh, dismissing remarks that the allusions to some business houses in the track are derogatory. The song, in the Bollywood movie slated for launch on Oct 24, contains references to business houses including the Tatas, Batas, Birlas and Ambanis.
The top court’s decision came even as the Tata Group joined Bata India and the Birlas in taking a legal case against Chakravyuh maker. Earlier, a Delhi High Court judge had ruled in Bata India’s favor and asked the producer to remove the references to the company from the track, but a division bench stayed the order shortly thereafter. The company then appealed to the top court.
A 3rd application, by the Birlas, was disposed of, with the rider that the filmmaker, Prakash Jha productions, would place daily ads in tabloids, declaring the Chakravyuh song wasn’t intended to hurt any company or name, in the run-up to the launch of the film.