Jolly LLB 2 team summoned for allegedly defaming Bata footwear

The brand is irked by its reference in the film.

Keyur Seta

Jolly LLB 2 had to face the ire of the Bombay high court last week after the bench ordered the makers to delete four scenes as they considered them to be objectionable for showing the legal profession in bad light. It seems the film’s troubles aren’t over yet.

A magisterial court has summoned the team of Jolly LLB 2 to appear in court on 22 February. This includes Fox Star Studios, director Subhash Kapoor, executive producer Naren Kumar and actors Annu Kapoor and Akshay Kumar. The bench found prima facie offence against the film through a dialogue in the film under Section 500 (defamation) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy). 

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The said scene has Annu Kapoor’s character saying, “Bata ka joota pehankar, tuchchi se tericot ki shirt pehankar sala humse zabaan lada rahe hain.” The reference to Bata, however, was removed from the final print. It was changed to, “Fata hua joota pehankar...” 

But the same isn’t removed from the trailer, which has been circulating on the internet and social media since more than a month. 

Bata said, in an official statement, “The official trailer had been trending and been watched rapidly over the internet and in theatres. The brand Bata has been deliberately shown in an extremely bad taste and the dialogue was intended to convey that the brand Bata is adorned only by lower strata of society and one should feel humiliated if one wears Bata footwear.”

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