Salman Khan is competing with Emraan Hashmi. One of Salman’s next projects that will roll out of his banner has been registered as Haraam. A title registered by Salman Khan Ventures Pvt Ltd with the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) shows how he has managed to register the same title across multiple platforms — from films to TV shows to web series as well as documentaries — to prevent anyone from using the title. Salman’s registration of the title comes at a time when the production house Gobsmack Entertainment has registered a title for their small budget film Haraami directed by Shyam Madiraju and starring Emraan Hashmi. Emraan has just started shooting for the movie that is about a teenage pickpocket who operates along with his bunch of criminal colleagues, robbing train passengers of their wallets.
“The registration of film titles is a tricky affair and a lot of similar-looking titles get rejected. If the Emraan film has started off as Harami: The Bastard, Salman’s team would have rather quickly pushed across the title before any controversy arose so that their title Haraam was also approved,” says an industry source.