Can’t say ‘Bhidu’ without his permission: Jackie Shroff seeks legal protection; netizens say, ‘Krishna ka career over’

Jackie Shroff has moved the Delhi High Court to seek legal protection against the unauthorised use of the term Bhidu and his name, photographs and voice.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Updated14 May 2024, 01:12 PM IST
Ahmedabad: Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff during a promotional event for his upcoming movie 'Two Zero One Four', in Ahmedabad, Friday, Feb 23, 2024. (PTI Photo)
Ahmedabad: Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff during a promotional event for his upcoming movie ’Two Zero One Four’, in Ahmedabad, Friday, Feb 23, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

Actor Jackie Shroff has petitioned the Delhi High Court for legal protection against the unauthorized use of the term “Bhidu”. Shroff's request includes ensuring that no one can use this term without his permission and seeking protection for his personality and publicity rights, newswire ANI reported.

According to the legal suit, the Bollywood veteran has also sought protection of his name, photographs and voice. Various actors and artists across several media platforms often mimic Jackie Shroff’s voice and gestures.

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For example, Krushna Abhishek is known for his mimicry of “Jaggu Dada”. In fact, in the latest episode of The Great Indian Kapil Show on Netflix, the actor acted as Chunni Babu from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas. While Shah Rukh Khan played the title role in the movie, Jackie Shroff played his friend, Chunni Babu.

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Krushna mimicked Jackie Shroff’s character in front of the cast of Netflix’s Heeramandi. Actors Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditi Rao Hydari, among others, were guests in the episode.

However, if Jackie Shroff’s application for legal protection becomes successful, actors may have to get permission before enacting such performances. 

Meanwhile, netizens have commented on the development.

Netizens react

“Kal koi BC MC CF par bhi patency ka daava bol dega,” one user on X (formerly Twitter) wrote. What about "mera baccha hai tu?" another user asked, referring to another popular term used by Shroff.

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“Bhidu is a word used by many. It is very colloquial to the streets of Mumbai. Did he invent it? No,” mentioned one user.

“Given the fact now anyone can use Deepfake so mimic face and sound his act is totally prudent,” another user mentioned. “Krishna ka career over,” said another.

“Bad move. He will regret it. Anyway, no one can be allowed to use his photos that are his copyright. The ones photo journalists or paparazzi take are not his copyright. His original voice can't be used because he won't give it but he can't stop others mimicking him,” explained another user.

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First Published:14 May 2024, 01:12 PM IST
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