The release of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and “Son of Sardaar” on Diwali day had created big waves in the Bollywood industry. The news of the two biggies Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgn clashing had generated several headlines. Looks like the two are now in a new legal controversy, as reported by TOI on Nov. 1, 2012.
After the demise of Yash Chopra, while many were anticipating a delayed release of “Son of Sardaar” as a mark of respect, but, apparently, Ajay Devgn Films has sent a legal notice to YRF “for using their dominant position in the Bollywood film market.” The notice was sent through their lawyer in the Competition Commission.
“The Competition Commission of India is a body of the Government of India that is responsible for enforcing the Competition Act 2002. This act is there to prevent activities that have an adverse effect on competition and was established in October 2003.”
A close source told TOI that the notice was filed on Oct. 18, three days before the death of Yash Chopra. However, it was served yesterday at YRF on Oct. 31.
The action was taken by Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) to stop the “monopolistic practices of YRF.”
The source further told the leading daily, “Before the release of Ek Tha Tiger, in August 2012, YRF had reportedly used their dominant position in the market to enter into an arrangement with the exhibitors saying that they will give them Ek Tha Tiger only if the exhibitors agreed to reportedly give their Diwali release prominence over others.”
The news has created quite a buzz as Bollywood lovers take to Twitter to share their views about this legal controversy.
@AniGuha: Why is it wrong for Ajay Devgn to send a legal notice to YRF? If it’s true that distributors are being arm-twisted then that’s what’s wrong.
@DevNakshi: Ajay Devgan has done the right thing. It was an immoral practice done by YRF to allow to show JTHJ only in the theaters who show ETT.
@mayurpuri: Ajay Devgn sends legal notice to YRF? WTF!! Stooping to the deepest level of #trolling. People have no shame. Not watching #SOS
@d_motwani: Dear @ajaydevgn, I hope you rot in hell now.
@ChiragVaishnav3: Ajay Devgan, we thought you are a singham.. I neve thought u need legal authorities to prove your worth..LOOSER..
@DaaruDesi: Dunno why People are cursing Ajay Devgan for sending legal notice to YRF when it is YRF who is engaging in monopolistic behaviour.
@SyedNathiq: Ajay Devgan is Pissed off & scared of the increasing popularity of JAB TAK HAI JAAN all over.
@iam_srgay: Go ajay..using ETT to steal cinemas..shamless people
@sonia_athome: “@iRockstarKapoor: Okay I’ve reallyyy begun to hate Ajay Devgn” .. due to the legal notice to YRF?