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Cut, Copy, Kollywood – Friday Spl. Article by Naveen

At last, the plagiarism problem that haunted Vijay’s ‘Sarkar’ was sorted out, after director A R Murugadoss came forward to give credits to Varun Rajendran, who claimed that the story of ‘Sarkar’ and his ‘Sengol’ is same.
As per the arrangement, Murugadoss would display a message during the film’s credits, appreciating Varun for conceiving a similar story. Though the ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Thupakki’ maker still maintains that the story of ‘Sarkar’ was his, plagiarism charges are not new to Kollywood, as Tamil cinema has witnessed many such issues in the past.
MADRAS
Karthi-starrer ‘Madras’ was all set to release in 2014 when it was charged with a suit of plagiarism. The producer of a film called ‘Karuppar Nagaram’ filed a case against ‘Madras’, stating that it was a copy of their film.
However, according to reports, it was later found that the stories were totally different and that there was no proof behind the claims.
KATHTHI
‘Kaththi’ directed by A R Murugadoss starring Vijay in the lead, faced plagiarism charges from Gopi Nainar, who later shot to fame by directing Nayanthara-starrer ‘Aramm’.
Gopi, who was a struggling assistant director then, filed a case at the Chennai City Civil Court stating the film plot was his idea. But the issue was settled out of the court later.
LINGAA
Even Superstar Rajinikanth film is no exception, as Madurai based filmmaker, KV Ravi Rathinam claimed ownership for the story of ‘Lingaa’ directed by K S Ravikumar.
In response, Ravikumar and Rajinikanth himself filed a counter affidavit claiming that ‘Lingaa’ is based on a story written by Ponkumaran.
PAPANASAM
Kamal Haasan’s ‘Paapanasam’ faced one such allegation, when an author Satheesh Paul filed a suit against the producers and director Jeethu Joseph for violating the copyrights of his novel, ‘Oru Mazhakalathu’.
But the issue was sorted out and the film hit the screens successfully. It also went on to become a revenue-earner in the box-office.
MERSAL
Vijays’ Mersal, directed by Atlee, was alleged as the copy of Kamal Haasan’s ‘Apoorva Sagotharargal’ and Rajinikanth’s ‘Moondru Mugam’.
Producer Five Star Kathiresan, who has acquired the remake rights of ‘Moondru Mugam’, has reportedly accused Atlee Kumar of stealing the story from the superstar’s film.
According to a report on Polimer News, the issue was taken again by the Producer’s Council recently and during the meeting both Atlee and Kathiresan were present. The latter demanded the former to compensate by giving him 30 per cent of his remuneration which he got for ‘Mersal’.
However, Atlee reportedly said may be the template is similar to ‘Moondru Mugam’ but it is purely his own creativity.

By Naveen

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