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Endhiran film row: Director Shankar to appear in court
The controversy over the story of the Tamil film Endhiran starring actor Rajinikanth is far from over, with the Madras High Court directing the movie’s director Shankar to appear before it on August 1 and adduce evidence in the suit filed over the movie’s story line. The plea in this regard has been pending for the past eight years.
During the previous hearing in April, the then portfolio judge Justice V Bharathidasan had directed Shankar to submit the documents in his favour and depose before the master court on April 27 and offer evidence. But instead of appearing as asked, Shankar sent his assistant director to depose before the master court.
Opposing this, the petitioner moved a plea insisting that Shankar make his appearance in the said court. When the plea came up before him on Thursday, Justice C V Karthikeyan said, “Post the matter before the additional Master No.III on August 1.
The first defendant (Director Shankar) is directed to adduce evidence. The entire evidence of the first defendant is to be completed by August 8. The matter thereafter is to be posted before this court.”
The suit has been filed seeking declaration that the plaintiff, Aarur Tamilnadan, is the author and the owner of the copyright of the story Enthiran , which, according to the plaintiff, was copied from the original story, Jugiba, which was published in 1996.
The suit also sought for declarations that the film Enthiran was infringing the copy of the plaintiff’s story Jugiba, and pay a sum of Rs 1 crore as damages and for other reliefs.
In his order, Justice Karthikeyan also held that as the relief relating to declaration of copyright comes within the jurisdiction of this commercial division, the court had jurisdiction to examine the issues raised in the plaint.