“You (the actor and others) have failed to take due precaution before using the lawyers’ attire for advertisement and are liable for legal action for telecasting the advertisement without any authority.
“You are required to immediately stop all such advertisements and also give an undertaking to the Bar Council of Delhi, Bar Council of India and other states Bar Councils that the lawyers’ attire shall not be used in any advertisement in future,” read the notice. The Bar Council also asked the respondents to furnish an undertaking in 10 days, failing which further action will be initiated.
In the commercial, Amitabh can be seen sitting in his dressing room, wearing a lawyer’s suit, as two junior artists enter and offer him pav bhaji. After eating the meal, the actor applauds the food and the spices used in preparation.
The veteran faced a similar situation when a jewellery advertisement featuring him and his daughter Shweta Bachchan had to be withdrawn after legal action was threatened against them for portraying bank employees in a negative light. Sections of the banking community were making calls on Twitter to boycott Kalyan Jewellers. The fight was led by the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, an organisation claiming to have a membership of around 3,20,000 bank employees. The association also threatened to launch an agitation against the jewellery chain.