The ‘first-look’ teaser of the much awaited Vijay starrer “Sarkar” directed by AR Murugadoss (“Film”), has already shattered the records by crossing 13 million plus views in less than 17 hours of its release.
However, the Film scheduled for release on 6th November, 2018; has recently been caught in a controversy surrounding allegations of plagiarism.
As per reports, writer and director Varun Rajendran had filed a complaint with the South Indian Film Writers Association on the grounds that the story line of the Film is a straight cut replica of his movie ‘Sengol’ which has already been registered with the writers’ union in 2007. Varun also stated in the complaint that the story had been discussed with the protagonist’s father, director SA Chandrashekhar who showed no interest towards the writer or the story.
When Varun’s case was heard by South Indian Film Writers Association’s President; actor and director K Bhagyaraj, he remarked that the stories were indeed similar.
Reportedly, Varun Rajendran has now filed a suit before the Madras High Court requesting for a stay on the Film’s release until he’s given his due credits along with a remuneration of Rs 30 lakh for his story. Varun has also alleged that Murugadoss has made a few changes to his story to pass it off as his own.
Justice M Sundar who heard the matter, stated that the Film’s release cannot be stopped until the defendants file their response. The court has reportedly asked the Film’s director and producers to file their response by 30th October, 2018. The case will be heard again on the said date.
Although the team of Sarkar has made no official statement on the plagiarism reports so far, Silverscreen quoted a spokesperson for the Film as saying, “The film is based on a real-life incident and is completely a fresh script.”
As a matter of fact, this is not the first time film maker AR Murugadoss has been accused of plagiarism. Earlier Murugadoss was accused of plagiarism in 2004 for Ghajini, which was said to be inspired by Christopher Nolan’s film Memento. Further, scriptwriter Minjur Gopi filed a case against him alleging that the story of Kaththi (2014) was stolen from the former. Although the case was later withdrawn by the scriptwriter.
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