Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai

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Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai
Directed byRavi Chopra
Produced byRavi Chopra
B. R. Chopra
Based onMy Cousin Vinny
Salman Khan
Lara Dutta
Boman Irani
Rajpal Yadav
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
CinematographyBarun Mukherjee
Edited byAkiv Ali
BR Films

Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai (transl. This guy is cool) 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 plagiarised 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's producer,[8] although it never ended up having 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."[5]


  1. ^ Prabhakarp, Jyothi (20 February 2010). "I'm single, by choice: Tabu". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Adarsh, Taran (29 April 2009). "Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai in deep trouble". Oneindia. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai: stuck in copyright row, release on hold for multiplex stir". The Indian Express. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b 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. ^ "B R Films settles plagiarism charges with Fox". The Indian Express. 8 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  7. ^ Wax, Emily (29 August 2009). "Hollywood Finally Challenging India's Booming Bollywood Over Knockoffs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  8. ^ Srivastava, Sumeysh (28 March 2018). "'Raabta', 'Partner', 'Kaante': How Bollywood has dealt with plagiarism cases". Retrieved 30 April 2018.