Volkswagen runs into a rough patch, sued by Indian Company

December 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Bhery Phunny, Faking News | 26 Comments
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Kolkata. Nitin Das was running a flourishing chain of automobile repair workshops under the name of ‘Das Auto’ when he saw the new Volkswagen commercial on National Television. Infuriated at his brand name being used as Volkswagen’s tagline, without his prior permission, he decided to take legal action against the automobile company. In a press conference later in the evening his lawyer announced that they’ve filed a copyright violation case against Volkswagen India.

Eyewitnesses report that Mr. Das was seen shouting “Ee na cholbe ee na cholbe” from his balcony, a popular bengali war cry from superhit movie Tiranga. “I have never seen Nitin da like this”, says their neighbour Chobi Biswas “He even removed his t-shirt and waved it while shouting slogans against Bolksbhagen”.

Volkswagen in a curt reply to the whole fiasco, has said that it is investigating the ‘alleged’ copyright violations. It is also speculated that they have hired experts from Max Muller Bhawan, Kolkata to draft an explanation of the tagline.

Mr. Das has however demanded an unconditional apology and has asked for immediate removal of all Volkswagen advertisements across all mediums. Though judging from the fact that Volkswagen has already spent a mammoth amount on the recent advertisement campaign, which includes hefty coverage in the Crimes of India, a compromise cannot be ruled out.

Lawyer K.C.Chaudhary who is handling Mr. Das’s case has said that they are not averse to an out-of-court settlement. This settlement is supposed to include exclusive servicing rights for Volkswagen’s cars to be given to Das Auto. But future course of action will depend  on Volkswagen’s reply, Mr. Chaudhary says adding that an apology is a must.

The issue has now got a political flavor with the CPM calling a Bengal Bandh on the 31st of November to support Nitin Das.

It is yet to be seen whether Mr. Das’s perseverance can force an international automobile giant to bend, but this brave move has gained Mr. Das a lot of respect. His neighbours are pouring in with eggrolls and fish curry to show their support and his business is on a roll too, much to the chagrin of his competitors.

“What’s in a name”, Shakespeare once wrote. Nitin Das might soon find out.


This post is a work of fiction, you know, just in case. 🙂

This post is a tribute to Faking News, one of India’s(rather Asia’s) best satire website. Cheers to you guys!


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  1. bloody brilliant! This is the best post i’ve seen in years!!! And yes, i dont have any relation with that Mr. Das! 😀

    • Arnab Das.. Hmm.. You sure you aren’t a shareholder with Das Auto? 😀

      Anyway, Thanks for the comment Arnab!

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  3. Bwahahahahaha..
    Bhery Phunny !! (I hope you don’t sue me for copyright violation here ;D)

    • I won’t sue you, you hardly have any money at the moment. Later perhaps. 😀

  4. I heard a few Dasan’s from Kerala are also mighty pissed with these bunch of capitalists. Much like in Bengal, they are declaring in ‘hartal’ in Kerala too where not only German products but also US products will be boycotted.

    PS: Awesome. I read faking news and had to check the URL twice just to confirm if it’s fake or not 😉
    PPS: US is the most favourite punching bag for CPI in Kerala, so how can they leave them out of such case tch tch

    • A High Power Cabinet Committee is also being formed to investigate further copyright violations by the word “Aktiengesellschaft ” – it is now national mayhem! 😀

      P.S.: Thanks! The moment I saw this advertisement, I was reminded of Faking News. Read a lot of their posts before writing this one.

      P.P.S: They never expected such a betrayal from Germany, hence the angst. 😛

  5. in later developments mamta banerjee said that volswagen has to leave bengal or else she and mr. das will start hunger strike for indefinite period. (by indefinite period they mean hunger strike form 9am to 1pm, then 1hr. lunch break then again hunger strike from 1pm to 5pm then 1hr tea-break and so on…)

    • Hahaha! Indefinite Hunger Strike. You know Mamta di has momos named after her? MoMo Ta Banerjee 😛 #lame

  6. For the benfit of those whore laughing so hard that thier eye are watery, PLEASE notice the tiny tagline on the Billboard.

    Did you just fall of you chair laughing?

    Yeah, Me too 😛


    • You have good eyes. I lost all faith in my already non-existent Photoshopping skills when that tagline came out to be microscopic. Still out of sheer laziness and the excitement of knowing who is keen enough to notice, I left it as is. It appears your eyes are 6/6 (I don’t know what that means but that is what most opticians used to fool me)

      And full marks on flattery too! 😀 *Kaali Khopdi? Am greyish I suppose*


    • what /where is this written? [kali khopri baba ]?? :O

  7. Awesome shit bro… u rock…

  8. Wonderful work, I’m sure Das Auto will win the case and make all of us Indians proud 😛
    And I’m humbled (not the same way Obama was after getting Nobel) after seeing Faking News mentioned as inspiration. Thanks a ton for that.
    And If you prefer, and allow, I’d put it on Faking News with due credit and link back 🙂

  9. ]I READ it just now on Faking News!!!

    Huge fan I am of faking news.
    And, when I saw Tantanoo (at the bottom) I was like, WHOA!!!
    Great job man…. and It was a SUPERB idea for this post to go at Faking News..
    Looking forward to more posts by both of you!!

    • Thanks! Actually thanks to PP who chose to publish it under Guest Patrakaar. Lets see if I can do more of it in the future! 😀

      P.S.: Am a great fan of FN and Onion Uttapam too! 😀

  10. very very phunnyyyy

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  13. Was a delightful read, but may be you should have worked more on the Bangla grammar. 🙂

    • Bangla grammar? Where did I go wrong? Not that my bangla is strong but there is only one sentence with hardly any words, that too a reference to Tiranga. 😀

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