Rajinikanth Film ‘Lingaa’ Fate Lingers in Court Over Copyrights

Like every popular hero’s Tamil film, Rajinikanth’s upcoming film “Lingaa” too reached the ramparts of the Madras High Court over allegations of stolen storyline. Recently, Kamal Haasan’s “Dasvatharam” too ended in court over similar allegations and it is not new that all popular herpes’ films are challenged in courts.

This time, the petitioner, K R Ravi Rathinam, blamed the producer and director of “Lingaa” for stealing the story of his upcoming film “Mullai Vanam 999” and defended that it was his film’s footage on Youtube that gave away the storyline to “Lingaa” director.

He pleaded the court to direct the authorities to form a committee to probe and “find the true authorship and ownership of the single storyline” in both the films.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday admitted his petition and Justice M Venugopal of the court’s Madurai Bench issued notices to officials and other parties involved.

Ravi Rathinam said that the pooja for his film “Mullai Vanam 999” was held on February 24 and posted it on Youtube and alleged the producer and director of “Lingaa” had clandestinely stolen the storyline from Youtube.

Claiming that he had worked on the story for 47 years, he said “Mullai Vanam 999” was scheduled for release on Tamil new year day while “Lingaa” was to be released for Pongal festival next year, making it difficult for him to go ahead with his project.

His first plea before the court was to issue a stay on the release of Rajinikath’s film “Lingaa” and then form a committee to compare and probe the truth.


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