AR Murugadoss’ Sarkar has set a new benchmark by crossing 13 million plus views in record time. The first teaser was released on Friday. Soon after, the Vijay starrer was caught in a controversy. It was reported that writer and assistant director Varun Rajendran has filed a complaint against Murugadoss with the South Indian Film Writers Association.
In his complaint, the writer has accused that Sarkar‘s story is a replica of his work titled Sengol which he registered in 2007 with the Writer’s Union.
The South Indian Writers’ Association is investigating the plagiarism complaint filed by him. Silverscreen quoted a spokesperson for the writers’ union saying, “We have received a complaint from a member of our union. A team is looking into the issue. As of now, there are no updates on the situation.”
Earlier, filmmaker Murugadoss was accused of plagiarism in 2004 for Ghajini, which was said to be inspired by Christopher Nolan’s film Memento. Also, 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 Although the case was later withdrawn by the scriptwriter.
Sarkar has suffered a serious setback, as the South Indian Film Writers’ Association (SIFW) has declared that the story of assistant director Varun’s Sengol is similar to Vijay’s Sarkar.
Earlier, Varun had filed a case in Madras High Court seeking a ban on Sarkar. In the complaint, he claimed that AR Murugadoss had stolen his story of Sengol and made Sarkar. He further declared that he registered the story with SIFW in 2007.
The court asked the filmmakers and the South Indian Film Writers’ Association to respond to the complaint before October 30.
South Indian Film Writers Association has ruled that #Sarkar story is similar to Writer #VarunRajendran ‘s #Sengol script..#Sarkar story plagiarism case is coming up for next hearing on Oct 30th Tuesday in #Madras HC.. pic.twitter.com/wXsmuBPqD6
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) October 27, 2018
Meanwhile, the makers of Sarkar had filed a caveat so that anyone who wants to file a case against the film has to discuss it with the production house first.
Directed by AR Murugadoss, Sarkar also stars Keerthy Suresh, Radha Ravi and Varalaxmi in the lead roles. It is slated to release on Diwali.
As a result of this A.R Murugadoss gave an exclusive interview to Behindwoods regarding the issue. He says “The writer’s association entirely acting one sided in this issue. I never expected why they are punishing me like this. Though I asked them to watch my movie , they refused and gave an open statement that I have theft the story from someone who submitted 11 years back.
Watch the video below :
Source : Behindwoods
They had not read my bounded script but they read the story of their side. What they read was synopsis and I had never met someone named “Varun” till now.” the director states.
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