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Notice to Sarkar director over copyright infringement
Vijay-starrer Sarkar has run into legal tangles ahead of its release on November 6 with the Madras High Court on Thursday ordering notice to the movie’s director A R Murugadoss for allegedly plagiarising the story and screenplay. Notice has also been issued to Sun Pictures and South Indian Film Writer’s Association (SIFWA).
Justice M Sundar before whom the plea moved by K V Rajendran alias Varun seeking a direction to restrain Murugadoss and Sun pictures from describing, depicting, and displaying the former’s name as story, screenplay and dialogue writer except that of the petitioner’s name, posted the case for further hearing to November 30.
Rajendran who had also sought for a direction to the movie producer to pay Rs 30 lakh for copyright breach had contended that story ‘Sarkar’ is based on his script titled ‘Sengol’ which he had registered with the South Indian Film Writer’s Association on November 21, 2007.
Noting that on coming to know that the story line of Sarkar was an utter replica of the one he had registered, he lodged a complaint on September 12, 2018 at SIFWA.
Thereafter, on October 02, 2018 SIFWA held an enquiry after opening the sealed cover containing the original attested manuscript consisting of 100 sheets and the same was videographed. In the final rung, the association president K Bhagyaraj concluded that the story of ‘Sarkar’ and ‘Sengol’ are
The petitioner also submitted that Murugadoss’s attempt to take shield in a story registered on October 13, 2017 titled ‘Pachai’ was also thwarted, with the SIFWA holding that there exists a gap of 10 years between both the stories and that the story registered in 2007 ought to be given priority.