Soft drink giant Pepsico had sued Jackky Bhagnani’s upcoming film Youngistaan as the film’s title was a term registered to Pepsico. Now the issue has been resolved and the film can now keep its title. The producers of Youngistaan, MSM Motion Pictures and Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Films & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Sneha Rajani, Deputy President & Head, MSM Motion Pictures, is delighted: “As producers, our sole objective was to ensure that we get to retain the title and proceed with the film’s promotions.” Bhagnani adds, “The title Youngistaan truly depicts the spirit of this film and I am glad that case has been settled amicably.”
Pranjal Khandhdiya, Executive Producer, MSM said “Nobody won or lost. It’s a happy situation for both parties. The idea was not to compete with or fight Pepsi. We’d got the title from the film associations and wanted to retain it which we have.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Pepsico said “The Defendants – MSM Motion Pictures–in the settlement have acknowledged PepsiCo’s right on trademark Youngistaan and the campaign connected to it. They have also agreed to carry a disclaimer in the title credits of the movie, theatrical trailers and end slate in all their official digital media communications.”