Bollywood movies often land into controversies regarding some issue or the other, if one doesn't like the name the other doesn't like the story. Some people may have genuine objections but most of the time the controversies that are created are utterly baseless.
I always wonder, 'What's in a name?', seems like the answer is
quite a lot. It must be if so many people have a problem with a
film's name that they are ready to approach the court. Off late a
number of our Bollywood films have run into trouble owing to the
issues of the film name, for example Sanjay Leela Bhansali's
Ram-Leela. According to the Hindu
mythology Ramleela means that the story of Lord Ram while Ranveer
starrer Ram-Leela was about love, intimate scenes and
violence so the community took offense to the name and
Even critics were concerned since the character Ram in the film
had nothing to do with the religious god Ram and thought this would
confuse audiences coming to watch the film, with the thought that
it might have a religious connotation. Director Sanjay was quoted
saying, "It appears that some misinformation is being carried out
regarding [Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela] which we would
like to clarify and state that [it] is inspired and based on
William Shakespeare's work Romeo and Juliet." "The said film is
neither related to ‘Ramleela' folklore/traditional performance
associated with Lord Ram nor related to ‘Rasleela' associated with
Lord Krishna. Ram, the character in the said film does not depict
or resemble Lord Rama in any manner. " (sic) Just 48 hours ahead of
the film's release, the title was rechristened to Goliyon Ki
The latest movies to join the bandwagon is Action
Jackson, since a Hollywood flick by the same name was made
years ago, the makers of Ajay Devgn starrer Action Jackson
got embroiled in this name controversies. There are many Bollywood
movies which landed into trouble due to the controversial titles.
Let's check out those movies.
Six petitioners filed a suit saying the movie hurt the religious
sentiments of Hindus. Since Ramleela means the story of Lord Ram
while his movie contained some bold scenes.
The Salon and Hairdressers' Union protested against the usage of
the word 'barber' in the film's title and the badshah of Bollywood
happily obliged. Shahrukh even put a sticky on the word 'barber' in
the posters and other print material that had been sent
Singh Saab- The Great
Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee objected to the film's
title. According to them, this is a holy title that is given to
Jathedars of the five Takhts and the granthis of the Golden Temple.
Hence, it should not be used for commercial purposes.
R..Rajkumar was earlier called Rambo Rajkumar. But the makers of
the Rambo series starring Sylvester Stallone have copyrighted this
name, thus making the word Rambo unavailable to producers and
Vashu Bhagnani's film Youngistaan ran into trouble when soft
drink brand PepsiCo sent a legal notice to the producers of
The film has gotten into trouble with Hollywood studio Warner
Bros who released a film in 1998 by the same title. Even in the
subcontinent, the studio has the rights to this title.