An ad spoof has resulted in ace-spinner Harbhajan Singh sending a notice to the Vijay Mallya-owned UB Spirits for a commercial that the bowler's lawyers say seems to show India skipper MS Dhoni "mocking" him.
The two players endorse rival companies. The Bhajji ad for Royal Stag has the tag-line "Have I made it large?" The Dhoni ad for the Mallya-owned McDowell's has a Bhajji look-alike ask, "'Have I made it large?" and Dhoni says, "Forget large, do something different."
In the Dhoni commercial, the Harbhajan look-alike works in a factory and gets slapped by his father.
Harbhajan's lawyers, in their legal notice, have said that the commercial mocks the off-spinner, his family and the Sikh community. Advocate Shyam Dewani, one of his lawyers, speaking to NDTV, said more than the cricketer, his family was upset.
The notice also demands that the company publicly apologise to Harbhajan's family "through widely-read newspapers as well as television channels prominently" apart from removing the advertisement within three days of receiving the notice.
The lawyer, however, rubbished speculation that this would affect the relationship of the two ace cricketers. Dhoni and Harbhajan are known to be close.