Director AR Murugadoss has faced allegations of plagiarism in the past and has fought legal battle to settle it. This time too, when his directorial Sarkar is scheduled for release less than 10 days away, he is getting ready for a legal battle.
Writer Varun Rajendran has come up with the allegation that the Vijay starrer Sarkar is the plagiarized version of his story Sengol. Toeing in line with the allegation is the veteran director K Bhagyaraj, who had said that Sarkar seems to be similar to Sengol.
Not taking it lightly, AR Murugadoss has hit back at the director for making such a statement without even watching Sarkar. The director said that he had invited Bhagyaraj to see whatever has been shot till date before arriving at a conclusion that it is a copied work but he had refused.
AR Murugadoss also question how Bhagyaraj can make such a judgment by reading the synopsis of Sarkar.
Meanwhile, writer B Jeyamohan, explaining about how the story of Sarkar was created said in an interview to Puthiyathalaimurai that director AR Murugadoss approached him with a three-line story based on the premise counterfeit voting or voter impersonation.
Several films have been made based on common subjects such as this and Sarakar is one of it, he had said. Jeyamohan also recalled that a team comprising himself, AR Murugadoss and his four assistants had camped in a hotel for nearly 42 days to create Sarkar scene-by-scene.
Also, the film will have several instances based on the political situations in the state for the past couple of years. With this, he has clarified that Sarkar is their hard work.
Varun had later approached the Madras High Court and filed a petition. In his petition, he had requested the court for a ban on the film’s release until he’s given his due credits along with a remuneration of Rs 30 lakh for his story.
On Thursday Justice M Sundar who heard Varun’s petition has asked the film’s director AR Murugadoss and producers Sun Pictures to file their response by October 30 and until then, he cannot ban the film.
Sarkar is directed by AR Murugadoss and bankrolled by Kalanithi Maran under his banner Sun Pictures. Oscar winning music composer AR Rahman is scoring music for this magnum opus with lyricist Vivek penning the lyrics, Girish Gangadharan wielding the camera and A Sreekar Prasad editing it.
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