Days after Madhur Bhandarkar accused Karan Johar of twisting a title he had come up with for a web series, the latter responded to the claim. On Thursday, Karan issued a statement addressed to Madhur Bhandarkar in which he apologised to him and also explained why he cannot change the title of his upcoming Netflix series Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives.
Hours after Karan Johar posted his response on Twitter, Madhur replied to it. He accepted Karan's apology and agreed to move on but also reminded the time when he offered the title of Gutka to Karan in 2013.
“This is indeed a close-knit industry and it operates on mutual trust and respect. When we blatantly disregard norms that we ourselves have established, then it makes very little sense calling ourselves a "fraternity". I didn't hesitate a moment in the past before granting you the title "GUTKA" in 2013, that you had requested from me, and hence I would have expected the same courtesy in return when I declined you the use of a title I had duly registered, and which I did not intend to part with. The fact that you went ahead and used the title anyway despite our conversation and despite it also having been rejected by the trade associations, is what had upset me deeply. This is not how I believe real relationships work,” he wrote.
“But let's move forward. I accept your apology and would like to leave things here. I too wish you well in your future endeavours,” he concluded.
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) November 26, 2020
In 2016, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar who has made films like Heroine and Fashion had announced a film titled Bollywood Wives. Meanwhile, a week ago, Netflix India released the trailer of the reality series titled Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives which is being produced by Karan Johar. Johar, in his letter to Bhandarkar, explained, "I would want to clarify that we have chosen this new and different title "The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives" keeping in mind the non-fiction format of our reality-based franchise series. As our title was distinct, I did not foresee it upsetting you as it has and for that I duly apologise."
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