South filmmaker Shankar dismissed an allegation of copyright violation by his Tamil blockbuster “Anniyan” producer V Ravichandran, a day after the acclaimed director introduced the movie’s Hindi adaptation. Actor Ranveer Singh is ready to headline the Bollywood movie, an adaptation of the 2005 psychological motion thriller that includes South star Vikram within the lead. Ravichandran of Aascar Film P Ltd, despatched a authorized discover to Shankar on April 14, claiming that he was “shocked” to study that the filmmaker was continuing with the Hindi movie adaptation regardless of not holding its rights.
In a letter addressed to the director, Ravichandran stated he had purchased the “entire story rights” from author Sujatha and was the “whole and sole owner of the rights of the storyline.”
Hence, the act of adapting or remaking the movie with out his permission can be “totally illegal.”
Responding to Ravichandran, Shankar stated the script of “Anniyan” is with him and he’s entitled to exploit it.
“Everyone associated with the movie were aware that the script and storyline belongs exclusively to me and, in fact, the movie was released with the tag: Story, Screenplay and Direction by Shankar. I have not assigned in writing any script or screenplay to any person, and continue to retain the right to exploit the script in any manner I deem fit. As the admitted author of the literary work, my rights cannot be interfered with under any circumstances,” the 57-year-old director stated in an announcement.
Shankar, recognized for guiding blockbusters like Rajinikanth”s “Enthiran”, “2.0” and “Sivaji The Boss”, stated the late author Sujatha was engaged by him to write dialogues for the movie and was accordingly credited.
“He was not involved in the script, screenplay or characterisation in any manner, and there is no scope beyond his engagement as a dialogue writer. Given that the script vests with me, I am absolutely entitled to exploit the same in any manner I deem fit.”
The adaptation, billed as a pan-India undertaking, might be produced by Jayantilal Gada of Pen Studios. God Bless Entertainment is hooked up because the movie’s co-producer.
The director stated Ravichandran doesn’t have the fitting to remake or make any by-product rights for “Anniyan”, as “the said rights have not been granted to you in writing.'”
“In the absence of any assignment in writing from me, there can be no basis whatsoever to even assert that the ‘storyline’ vests with you,” the assertion learn.
Shankar referred to as out the producer for trying to “unjustly enrich” himself within the director’s future endeavours which haven’t any correlation to him.
“This reply is issued without prejudice, and to clarify the actual situation of me as a director and writer being subject to such avaricious and illegal claims to needlessly attempt to jeopardise my future projects,” the assertion additional learn.
The movie is slated to go on the flooring in mid 2022.