Even as the trailer of Thalapathy Vijay and Keerthy Suresh-starrer ‘Sarkar’ is garnering massive hits on social media, the movie has also landed in a controversy. The director AR Murugadoss, who is also one of the writers of the movie, has been accused of plagiarism by a writer named Varun Rajendran. The latter had filed a complaint with the South Indian Film Writer’s Association when the teaser had come out, claiming that the story is similar to his project ‘Sengol’. The body after 'analysing' the stories, had confirmed that there were similarities and had backed the writer on his claims.
Murugadoss has now responded to the allegations in an interview with an entertainment website and clarified that the resemblance ends with the scene involving misuse of votes. He also claimed that he is 'under depression' and is ‘heartbroken’ after the allegations and the note from the association. The 'Ghajini' director added that he has never spoken or interacted with Rajendran, and that the entire script was written by him and his team daily from morning to night in his office.
Murugadoss also slammed the President of the South Indian film Writer’s Association, Bhagyaraj, for arriving at a conclusion only on the basis of reading the synopsis, and not the entire bound script. Calling the investigation ‘one-sided’ and asking why he was subjected to ‘such big punishment’, Murugadoss claimed Bhagayaraj refused to watch the film when he offered to show it to him. The filmmaker also said that he refused the offer from the association to compensate Rajendran because he had ‘truth’ on his side.
The 'Holiday' director also said that his film is based on real-life incidents set in the current political situation, which includes the former chief minister’s death recently, so it was not possible for an 11-year-old script to have a resemblance to his story. On the similarity of the hero being robbed of his vote, he narrated the names of Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan and Bhagyaraj who were victims of voter fraud too.
Earlier, Bhagyaraj had also revealed in an interview that Murugadoss had refused to accept their proposal of giving Rajendran 'additional credit' of the story. The actor said the filmmaker pointed to Sivaji Ganesan’s real-life election campaigning being his inspiration for the film. He also refused the idea of adding ‘inspired by real events and adapted by Murugadoss’, that’s the reason they wrote the ‘leaked’ letter expressing their support to Rajendran. Meanwhile, the Madras High Court is set to hear the matter on October 30. 'Sarkar' is gearing up for release on 6 November.
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