Madhur Bhandarkar accepts Karan Johar’s apology over ‘Bollywood Wives’ title row

Hours after Karan Johar wrote an open letter to Madhur Bhandarkar, the latter put out a be aware on Twitter accepting the ‘Student of The Year’ director’s apology over tweaking and utilizing the title ‘Bollywood Wives’, which had already been registered by the ‘Fashion’ filmmaker. 

While Madhur had registered the title ‘Bollywood Wives’ and denied Karan using it, the latter went forward and titled his upcoming Netflix present ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’. It was on this that Madhur had earlier known as out Karan for stealing his title and tweaking it to ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ for Dharma productions’ upcoming actuality net present.

On Thursday, after Karan apologised to Madhur Bhandarkar for inflicting ‘any grievance through the course of the previous few weeks’, clarifying in his open letter that his group has been “promoting the series with the hashtag “Fabulous Lives” on all social media platforms” and it’s “the franchise title” that they “intend to go ahead with”, Madhur has responded with “I accept your apology and would like to leave things here. I too wish you well in your future endeavours.”

However, in his be aware, Madhur additionally talked about that “this is not how I believe real relationships work. But let’s move forward.” 

Here is what Madhur Bhandarkar wrote in his be aware:

“Dear @KaranJohar. Thank you for your response. This is certainly a close-knit business and it operates on mutual belief and respect. When we blatantly disregard norms that we ourselves have established, then it makes little or no sense calling ourselves a ‘fraternity’. 

“I didn’t hesitate a second prior to now earlier than granting you the title “GUTKA” in 2013, that you had requested from me, and therefore I might have anticipated the identical courtesy in return when I declined you using a title I had duly registered, and which I didn’t intend to half with. The truth that you went forward and used the title anyway regardless of our dialog and regardless of it additionally having been rejected by the commerce associations, is what had upset me deeply. This will not be how I imagine actual relationships work. But let’s transfer ahead. I settle for your apology and want to go away issues right here. I too want you properly in your future endeavours.



Here is what Karan wrote in his open letter:

“Dear Madhur, Our relationship goes again a good distance and we have each been part of this close-knit business for a lot of, a few years. Through all these years. I have been an ardent admirer of your work and I have all the time wished the perfect for you. I do know you have been upset with us. I humbly apologise for any grievance that has been induced to you through the course of the previous few weeks. However, I might wish to make clear that we have chosen this new and totally different title -The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives preserving in thoughts the non-fiction format of our reality-based franchise collection. 

As our title was distinct, I didn’t foresee it upsetting you because it has and for that I duly apologise. I wish to inform you that we have been selling our collection with the hashtag “Fabulous Lives” on all social media platforms, which is the franchise title we intend to go forward with. We guarantee you that the format, nature, viewers and the title of our collection are totally different and wouldn’t in any method dent or encumber the exploitation of your work.

I hope we are able to transfer away and onward from this and proceed to make exceptionally good content material for our audiences. I want you the easiest for all your endeavours and stay up for watching your work.


Karan Johar”

Earlier, after alleging that Karan stole his title, Madhur corroborated his allegations with a letter from The Film and Television Producers Guild claiming that the Guild had declined Karan’s request to make use of the title ‘Bollywood wives’.

The letter by Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association acknowledged on November 19, 2020, that Madhur Bhandarkar had the rights to the title ‘Bollywood Wives’. Another put up learn that the Guild did ‘not register the title in favour of Dharma Productions’.


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