Just three Weeks after the latest Rajinikanth blockbuster, Endhiran, hit the screens worldwide, a Tamil writer cum journalist claimed the copyright to the original story of the movie on Monday.
Aarur Tamil Nadan aka Amutha Nadan, who is a deputy news editor with a biweekly Tamil investigative magazine ‘Nakkeran’, lodged a complaint at the Chennai city Police Commissioner’s Office on Monday accusing the makers of Rajinikanth-starrer Enthiran of stealing the story idea from a piece written by him.
In his complain he said, Enthiran’s plot was lifted right out of a short story penned by him under the title Jughiba, which was first published in a Tamil magazine, Iniya Udhayam, way back in April 1996, and then again in a book, Thik, thik Deepika in 2007.
Director Shankar had made a false claim that he had thought about the story line for Enthiran in 1997-98, the writer said.
Speaking to the speakers he said, “I watched Enthiran at a cinema theatre recently after my friends and readers called me up and said the plot of the film, released in movie halls on October 1, was a carbon copy of Jughiba.”
“I was shocked to find that the director and the producer have clearly violated copyright and made a movie with my story as the plot with few cinematic props like song sequences, fight scenes and graphics as additions”, he added.
Producing copies of the printed text of both publications as proof, Tamil nadan urged the police to file a criminal complaint under section 63 of the Indian Copyrights Act.
“I have been in the literary field since my school days. Chief minister M Karunanidhi and minister K Anbazhagan had endorsed my first book of poems in 1983. Later, I participated in many literary shows with Vairamuthu, Mu Metha and Abdul Rahman (Tamil poets). I was awarded the title Kavimaamani’. I continued to write lyrics for many Tamil movies. Shankar and Maran are punishable under Section 63 of Copyrights Act, 1957,” he told further.