Director Shankar who is known for making some of the significant films in Tamil cinema history has been subjected to non bailable warrant by a magistrate court for not making his presence repeatedly, in a case related to copyright violation filed by writer Aarur Tamil nadan over the 2010 released science fictional movie Enthiran, starring Rajinikanth-Aishwarya Rai.
In the year 2010, writer Tamil nadan filed a case in the Madras high court alleging that the story of Shankar’s “Enthiran” was a copy of his story “Jugiba” which was first published in a magazine named “Iniya Udhayam” in the year 1996. The story also published in a novel “Tik Tik Deepika” in 2007, according to the petitiner.
Aarur Tamil nadan filed cases under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal code and other sections of the copyright act. “The makers of Endhiran has earned a huge monetary benefit (in crores) from the film, which was originally my idea and creation” the complaint of the writer said. In 2019, Director Shankar approached Madras High court to quash the proceedings and cases filed against him. However, the court turned his plea down in the June month of the same year.
The filmmaker also approached the Supreme court and it dismissed his plea as well. A magistrate court that has been hearing the proceedings since 2017 has now issued a non-bailable warrant to the director. The order was issued by judge Judge Rosyln Durai of the second Metropolitan Magistrate on Friday and demanded the filmmaker to appear in court before 19th of February.
The news has been came in as a shock to the members of Tamil film industry and the fans of it. Several kind of reactions are surfacing in the social media platforms regarding the same. Director Shankar debuted to Tamil film industry through a heist thriller “Gentleman” and went on to claim fame through directing some of the socially responsible films such as “Mudhalvan”, “Indian” etc.
He gained widespread acclaim after directing Superstar Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai in “Enthiran” story of which has been subjected to controversy now. The film revolved around a scientist named “Vaseegaran”, played by Rajinikanth and showed what will happen if a machine gets to have emotions and fell in love with a real human being.
The film became a huge hit across the nation and the sequel of it released in the year 2018. “Enthiran”, after being stalled in the development phase for nearly a decade, the film’s principal photography began in 2008 and lasted two years and managed to get a theatrical release only during first October of 2010. Enthiran emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film of 2010 and is among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. It won two National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, seven Vijay Awards and two Screen Awards.
Shankar was initially planning to do the film by having actor Kamal Haasan and Preity Zinta in the lead role. However, the project got shelved due to unkown reasons.