Bitter taste: Shah Rukh Khan sued by sweet shop for using its name in 'Fan' scene
When Maneesh Sharma depicted Gaurav Chandna being given a box of sweets by his parents, to gift to the superstar Aryan Khanna in Fan — it is later crushed by the wayside by the mob clamouring for Khanna’s attention — little did the director know that he was kicking a hornet’s nest.
For the sweet store — Ghantewala — whose branding was depicted on the box, has now taken the filmmaker as well as producer Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films and superstar Shah Rukh Khan to task, suing them for using the store’s name without seeking permission.
Catch News reported that Sushant Jain, the current owner of Ghantewala, sent a legal notice to the Fan team, stating that using the Ghantewala name in the film amounts to infringement of trademark. In addition, the notice says “(by) such an act of deliberate infringement, you are attempting to misrepresent and deceive the public at large into believing that your film enjoys the patronage, sponsorship and endorsement of our clients, and/or that such use as is described above in your said feature film is under license from our client, which facts are neither true nor correct. In fact, it is our client's wish that our client does not want to have any association with you, your feature film and/or its consequent success or failure".
An Economic Times report said that the Ghantewala sweet shop at Chandni Chowk had been “sating the sweet cravings of Dilliwalas ever since the feckless Shah Alam II ascended the Mughal throne”. However, the shop downed its shutters last year.
Shah Rukh is also facing another legal suit for his upcoming film Raees. Mushtaq Sheikh, the son of Abdul Latif on whom Raees is based, has sued the film's team for defamation.