After the official announcement from director Shankar on Anniyan’s Hindi version surfaced, a official press note from V. Ravichandran of Aascar Films terming the project as “illegal” has shocked the fans. In his note, Ravichandran said that the ownership of film’s storyline belongs to him and said that Shankar remaking it in other language without his permission is totally illegal.
On Wednesday, Director Shankar came up with a tweet saying that he feels extremely happy to announce about his next project which is a remake of “Anniyan”. “In this moment, no one will be happier than me, bringing back the larger than life cinematic experience with Ranveer Singh in the official adaptation of cult blockbuster Anniyan.” the filmmaker’s tweet read.
In this moment, no one will be happier than me, bringing back the larger than life cinematic experience with @RanveerOfficial in the official adaptation of cult blockbuster Anniyan.@jayantilalgada @PenMovies pic.twitter.com/KyFFTkWGSL— Shankar Shanmugham (@shankarshanmugh) April 14, 2021
Anniyan was released in 2005 had actor Vikram and Sadha in the lead roles. The film marked Kollywood’s first film based on multiple personality disorder, followed by several films in Hollywood. Vikram proved his versatility through this film in which he was required to portray three roles Anniyan, Ambi and Remo. The film was made of an expensive budget at its time and became South India’s most expensive film ever made.
The story of the film revolves around a law abiding citizen Ambi who is displeased with the corruption filled society, develops two other identities to fulfill his requirements without his knowledge. Anniyan, a man who kills people who are not obeying the law and Remo, a fashion model who makes Ambi’s love interest to fall in love with him. Actors Nedumudi Venu, Vivek, Prakash Raj, and Nassar played important roles in the film.
As soon as the official announcement of Shankar released, various kind of reactions from fans regarding Shankar’s controversial line ups surfaced. Now, Anniyan’s producer “Aascar Ravichandran” issued a statement dubbing the projects as illegal.
“I am utterly shocked to know, that, you are likely to undertake the Direction of a Hindi film by adopting the story of the movie Anniyan. You are well aware of the fact that, I am the Producer of the said movie Anniyan. The entire story rights was purchased by me from the writer Sujatha (alias late Rangarajan) for which full payment was done by me to him and necessary records are also available. I am the whole and sole owner of the rights of the storyline. As such, any such adoption or remaking or copying the main plot of the said movie, without my permission, is totally illegal.” read the statement of the producer.
“Further I wish to remind you that after the not so successful film namely ” BOYS directed by you, you were under severe stress due to dented image. Still I have provided you the opportunity to Direct the film Anniyan, after which you have regained the lost ground, only because of my support. It is a sorry state of affairs that you have me, you have tried to conveniently forgotten the same and without even informing reap the accolades of my successful movie “Anniyan'” by associating yourself and adaptation of Hindi version of the same. I am sure you always maintain certain ethical values, hence I wonder how can you stoop to a low level by resorting to such unlawful acts.” his statement further read.
“You are hereby advised to immediately stop proceeding any further on the same, due to the illegal copying of the story line for which the entire rights are held by me. Please note that a legal notice follows this letter.” he added.