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 an unreleased Bollywood comedy film directed by Ravi Chopra, starring Govinda, Salman Khan, Tabu,[1] Lara Dutta,[2] and Boman Irani.[3]


Plagiarism charge[edit]

The director was served with a legal notice in 2009 by 20th Century Fox, which charged that the film blatantly plagiarized their 1992 production My Cousin Vinny.[3] Chopra and the production company, Mumbai-based BR Films, denied the charges in court in May 2009; the film's release was to be delayed until June 2009[4] by order of the Bombay High Court.[1]

A lawsuit was filed against BR Films by Twentieth Century Fox for copying their film without buying the rights.[1][5][6] Fox sought damages of $1.4 million; they 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.[7]Fox eventually accepted a $200,000 settlement from the film producer,[8] although as of 2016, it has still yet to see a theatrical release.[9]

The 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."[10]


  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. ^ Wax, Emily (29 August 2009). "Hollywood Finally Challenging India's Booming Bollywood Over Knockoffs". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor's Baaghi finds itself in HOT WATER over copyright infringement!". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Pradhan, Bharathi S. (19 July 2009). "Goodbye to copy cat days". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 20 February 2010.