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Poser over penalty

The song 'Jabra' was used in the promotional trailers but was nowhere in the film

By Our correspondent
  • Published 25.02.20, 4:26 PM
  • Updated 25.02.20, 4:26 PM
  • a min read
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Shah Rukh Khan in Fan Still from the film

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission recently directed Yash Raj Films to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 to a teacher in Maharashtra over exclusion of Jabra from Shah Rukh Khan’s 2016 film Fan.

Afreen Fatima Zaidi, a teacher in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, had complained to the commission that she was disappointed how the song — which was recorded in at least seven languages — was used in the promotional trailers but was nowhere in the film.

The commission ruled on her petition, saying this was an “unfair trade practice”. The commission further stated that when a producer shows the promos of a movie on various platforms and that includes a song, a person watching it would be justified in believing that the movie would have that song in it.

But what impact could such a ruling have on similar cases? Even more so because such a practice — of a song only used for “promotions” — is not new in Bollywood.

Nispal Singh of Surinder Films told The Telegraph: “If 1 crore people watch a film and ask for Rs 10,000 each, that’s a problem. We have to be very cautious about what we are doing. But I think the woman would meet people from YRF and come to a consensus. Maybe she is some Shah Rukh Khan fan who just did this.”