November 27 : Filmmaker-producer Karan Johar has responded to filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s accusation over a title row, and apologised to him in a long open letter on Thursday. Madhur had earlier accused Karan for “blatantly tweaking and misusing” his title ‘Bollywood Wives’ for his upcoming web show.
Taking to his Twitter handle, the Dharma Productions head apologised to Bhandarkar for the current row over the title of Dharma's upcoming reality series. Earlier, Bhandarkar said he owned the title ‘Bollywood Wives’.
In his open letter, Karan addressed Madhur and wrote, “I humbly apologise for any grievance that has been caused to you during the course of the last few weeks. However, 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.”
Karan’s letter opens as: “Dear Madhur, Our relationship goes back a long way and we have both been a part of this close-knit industry for many, many years. Through all these years, I have been an ardent admirer of your work and I have always wished the best for you.”
Karan also assured Madhur that his web series will not affect his show in any way. “I want to inform you that we have been promoting our series with the hashtag ‘Fabulous Lives’ on all social media platforms, which is the franchise title we intend to go ahead with. We assure you that the format, nature, audience and the title of our series are different and would not in any manner dent or encumber the exploitation of your work,” the Koffee with Karan host wrote.
The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is a reality series featuring Neelam Kothari, Maheep Kapoor, Seema Khan, and Bhavana Panday. The web series is slated to premiere on Netflix on November 27.
Madhur Bhandarkar had earlier took to Twitter and wrote that Dharma Productions had “blatantly tweaked and misused” the title Bollywood Wives, which is a show being made by him. He had earlier wrote, “Dear @karanjohar, U & @apoorvamehta18 had asked me 4 the title #BollywoodWives for web, which I refused, as my project is underway. It is Morally & ethically wrong u to tweak it to #TheFabulousLivesofBollywoodWives. Pls do not dent my project. I humbly request u to change the title.”