The song Jai Ho was like the anthem of the year in 2009 when A.R. Rahman won an Oscar Award for that song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
The title Jai Ho is reportedly close to the maestro’s heart and is the title of a film that he wants to make soon. Now, Salman Khan’s upcoming film, which was titled Mental, first has been renamed Jai Ho. This puts the movie in trouble as A.R. Rahman was not approached before the movie was named.
Rahman’s lawyer Dina Dattani confirmed the news and said “The trademark Jai Ho is a registered trademark owned by Mr Rahman and accordingly the use of the trademark in film, music or any other categories in which it is registered globally, requires an official license from Mr Rahman. So far as the film Jai Ho produced by Sohail Khan is concerned, Mr Salman Khan and Mr Sohail Khan are well known to Mr Rahman and their use of Mr Rahman’s trademark is being dealt with between them in the normal course of business as is customary in this regard.”
A source said something on the contrary as film titles can’t be trademarked. “If it is cleared by any one of the four film bodies (Indian Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Western India Motion Picture & Television, Indian Motion Picture Producers Assoc-iation, Producers Guild) that the producer is a member of. It can not be challenged,” said the source.