raabta vs magadhhera vs mooga manasulu
Chiranjeevi in a guest appearance in his son's film "Magadheera" in 2009.

Raabta vs Magadheera Row Reaches Court, What About ‘Mooga Manasulu’?

Hindi film ‘Raabta’ based on a reincarnation plot has met with a lawsuit in Hyderabad High Court by Telugu film producer of ‘Magadheera’, which was a highly popular film directed by SS Rajamouli before embarking on Bahubali franchise. Ironic but the theme for Magadheera is closer to Mooga Manasulu, a  Telugu hit of Black&White days.

Allu Aravind, producer of Magadheera, a Telugu blockbuster movie starring his nephew and Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan, has moved the court alleging plagiarism or violation of copyrights to which Raabta producer Bhushan Kumar said the reincarnation plot is not the sole proprietory of any film maker as many such themes were employed by film producers in the past. He may not be aware of ‘Mooga Manasulu’, which had a similar theme.

In his statement on the court case, Bhushan Kumar said, “This is not the first time in our industry that some has attempted a movie around the theme of reincarnation. Moreover, we are ready to screen Raabta to the court and they can decide for themselves. I’m sure things will be crystal clear after that.” Besides Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, Homi Adajania and Dinesh Vijan, are the other producers and Dinesh Vijan has directed it too.

The Hindi film features Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon in lead roles and the film faced trouble earlier when music composer Pritam walked out of it after the  producer wanted to have an “outside song” in the album.

Coming to the storyline, ‘Magadheera’ is about a heir-apparent princess who falls in love with the army commander and the two fall in love much to the chagrin of King’s nephew, waiting in the wings to take over power by marrying the princess. Three of them are killed and 400 years after reborn in modern times and face similar love triangle with the villainy nephew playing plot again to separate the loved ones.

In Raabta too, two loved ones face separation and die to be reborn several hundred years after as ordinary individuals, going about their lives until their paths cross. They realize soon that they belong with one another and slowly the centuries-old connection comes to the fore to unite their souls. If the film has no princess or palace plot, then it could be more similar to ‘Mooga Manasulu’ than ‘Magadheera’.

So, the question is whether the Hindi film Raabta is akin to “Mooga Manasulu” or “Magadheera”. The court will decide on June 1 after seeing the film. Either way, producers of the film Raabta need to explain the plagiarism allegations and come out clean before releasing the film.

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