The famous music director Bappi Lahiri, has sent a legal notice to the producers of Toonpur Ka Superrhero, stating that one of the characters in the film (named 'Guppy') resembles him not just in name, but also the way he looks.
The legal notice was sent by Bappi's lawyer S. Mandal, which states, amongst other things that "...the movie Toonpur Ka Superhero has a character named 'Guppy' on the lines of our client right down to the multiple gold chains. The name of the character based on our client is 'Guppy' which is also similar to his name as well as visually and physically similar to the personal/appearance of our client... it's evident that our client's persona has been portrayed in a derogatory manner and it is... a clear attempt on the part of you addressees to misuse our client's persona in order to portray wrong picture of our client to the public at large. It is stated by our client that the said portrayal... is a derogatory and demeaning way of presenting him."
The film's producers however state that there is nothing derogatory about the character in the film and that they respect Bappi Da. Their legal team is looking into the issue and the producers are also ready to show the film to Bappi Lahiri if need be.
Story first published: Monday, December 20, 2010, 14:38 [IST]