Mumbai: Prakash Jha, the director of film Chakravyuh, seems to have bitten more than he could chew.
In his number Mehangai, the lyrics run this : "Birla ho ya Tata, Ambani ho ya Bata, Sabne apne chakkar mein des ko hai kaata. Arrey humre hi khoon se inka engine chale dhakadhak..."
"The lyrics are false, malicious, baseless and frivolous, besides being uncharitable, abominable, reckless, mischievous and defamatory and.... have been made with ulterior motives", says the legal notice sent on behalf of Kumar Mangalam Birla, Yash Birla, Siddharth Birla, C K Birla, S K Birla, B K Birla and Nirmala Birla.
The Birla clan members have asked Prakash Jha to remove the word "Birla" from the song within the next 48 hours and apologize in writing.
Says Prakash Jha: "Yes, they have sent us a notice saying the song has defamed them. We have sent the notice to our legal team to decide what has to be done."
The songwriter is A M Turaz ( of Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana fame), music director is Vijay Verma and the singer Kailash Kher. All three are also recipients of this joint legal notice from Khaitan & Co, solicitor firm for the Birlas.
"The Birla Group is deeply hurt, and has strong reservations against the use of their name in such a derogatory manner in the song", says the legal notice.
Indian lyricist Turaz has also written songs like Teri Palkey for the album Ek Ladki Shabnami Jaisi, Soniye, Tu Ru Tu Ru Tu and Kalma in Will You Marry Me?, Aap Ki Aahat from Lanka.