|Director Ravi Chopra|
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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. 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 by order of the Bombay High Court.
A lawsuit was filed against BR Films by Twentieth Century Fox for copying their film without buying the rights. 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.Fox eventually accepted a $200,000 settlement from the film producer, although as of 2016, it has still yet to see a theatrical release.
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."