Producer to pay fan 15k over missing title song
The Aurangabad circuit bench of Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Mumbai, has directed the producer of the film ‘Fan’ to compensate Rs15,000 to a petitioner for not showing in the movie the title song that was widely played in the trailer. The division bench, comprising presiding judicial member S M Shembole and K B Gawali, said that not showing the title song ‘Jabra fan’ in the movie, featuring Shah Rukh Khan, though it was widely played for promoting the movie, amounted to an unfair trade practice.” They concluded that the opponent, Aditya Chopra, committed not only deficiency in service but also an unfair trade practice.
The commission directed Chopra to pay a compensation of Rs10,000 towards mental harassment and Rs5,000 as cost of the complaint, including cost of appeal.
Petitioner Afreen Fatima Zaidi, a 27-year-old teacher at a city school, had approached the district consumer forum. But her plea was dismissed on April 22, 2016, saying there is no relation between the complainant and respondent as a consumer and service provider and, therefore, the complaint cannot come under the definition of the Consumer Protection Act.
Afreen’s lawyer husband Zeeshan Zaidi contested that the film producer had, as part of the movie’s promotion, played the title song on TV channels in the trailer. But the song was not shown in the movie when the complainant and her family saw the movie. She had sought compensation of Rs60,550, including Rs3,550 towards expenditure on tickets, snacks and rickshaw fare, Rs25,000 towards mental harassment and Rs30,000 as legal expenses.