Filmmaker Karan Johar has finally responded to Madhur Bhandarkar’s accusation of ‘blatantly misusing his title Bollywood Wives’ for his upcoming web show. Johar has written a long open letter apologising to Bhandarkar and conveying to him that the ‘format, nature, audience and the title’ of his show is different.
On his Twitter handle, Johar wrote’To my dear friend @imbhandarkar’ along with the open letter. The letter read as “Dear Madhur, Our relationship goes back a long way and we have both been a part of this close-knit industry for many, many years. Through all these years. I have been an ardent admirer of your work and I have always wished the best for you.”
Furthermore, he added, “I know you have been upset with us. I humbly apologise for any grievance that has been caused to you during the course of the last few weeks. However, I would want to clarify that we have chosen this new and different title -The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives keeping in mind the non-fiction format of our reality-based franchise series. As our title was distinct, I did not foresee it upsetting you as it has and for that I duly apologise.”
Apart from apologising, Johar even assured Bhandarkar that his show will not affect his upcoming project.” I want to inform you that we have been promoting our series with the hashtag “Fabulous Lives” on all social media platforms, which is the franchise title we intend to go ahead with. We assure you that the format, nature, audience and the title of our series are different and would not in any manner dent or encumber the exploitation of your work,” he added.
Johar concluded the letter saying “I hope we can move away and onward from this and continue to make exceptionally good content for our audiences. I wish you the very best for all your endeavours and look forward to watching your work.”
Earlier, Bhandarkar had taken to social media a few days back requesting Johar and his team to change the title of the show but after no response, the ‘Fashion’ director also shared a screenshot of Johar’s title request being rejected by the film guild.