Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai

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Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai
Directed by Ravi Chopra
Produced by Ravi Chopra
BR Chopra
Starring Govinda
Salman Khan
Lara Dutta
Boman Irani
Rajpal Yadav
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Javed Akhtar (lyrics)
Cinematography Barun Mukherjee
Edited by Akiv Ali
Distributed by BR Films
Country India
Language Hindi

Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai is a Bollywood comedy film directed by Ravi Chopra, starring Govinda, Salman Khan, Tabu,[1] Lara Dutta,[2] and Boman Irani.[3]


Plagiarism charge[edit]

When BR Films’ Ravi Chopra began filming Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai, he was clear that he’d completely overhauled and written an Indianised version of My Cousin Vinny. Apparently, when he began the film, Ravi had sought the remaking rights but was assured that since he was taking only an idea and he’d written a totally fresh screenplay, there was no need to buy the rights. He said that he’d even got written permission from the makers of My Cousin Vinny to go ahead with his Hindi film. But between the starting of the film and its completion, the market changed colours. BR Films and BIG, the Reliance wing that had the distribution rights, soon locked horns over the price — the latter wanted BR to re-negotiate terms but the former felt it was now being offered peanuts. With the film ready to hit the theaters but BIG in no mood to do the needful at an unaffordable price, Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai languished in the cans until the Chopras ended the deal and released it themselves.

The director was served with a legal notice in 2009 by 20th Century Fox, which charged that the movie blatantly plagiarized the 1992 comedy My Cousin Vinny.[3] Chopra and the production company, Mumbai-based BR Films, denied the charges in court in May 2009; the movie's release was to be delayed until June 2009[4] by order of the Bombay High Court.[1] A lawsuit was filed on BR Films by Twentieth Century Fox for copying their film without buying the rights.[1][5][6]

Fox sought damages of $1.4 million; this was the first time a Bollywood filmmaker was taken to court by a Hollywood company over the remaking of a film. Fox had given Chopra permission "to make a film loosely based on the Oscar winning movie" but concluded the final product was a "substantial reproduction" of the original. B R Films settled the case out-of-court for an undisclosed amount.[7]

The Kolkata Telegraph, listing a number of other Bollywood movies "inspired" by Hollywood blockbusters, noted that the case would "decide whether Indian filmmakers can continue to get their 'inspiration' with impunity, or buy rights the legal way."[8]


  1. ^ Prabhakarp, Jyothi (20 February 2010). "I'm single, by choice: Tabu". Times of India. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Adarsh, Taran (29 April 2009). "Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai in deep trouble". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai: stuck in copyright row, release on hold for multiplex stir". Express India. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Pradhan, Bharathi S. (19 July 2009). "Goodbye to copy cat days". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Sen, Manjula S. (24 May 2009). "No ripoffs, please". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ agencies, agencies (8 August 2009). "B R Films settles plagiarism charges with Fox". The Indian Express. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Pradhan, Bharathi S. (19 July 2009). "Goodbye to copy cat days". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 20 February 2010. 

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