Tamil film Anniyan producer, Aascar Ravichandran, has decided to move to court against filmmaker Shankar and producer Jayantilal Gada as they are working on the remake of Anniyan that stars Ranveer Singh in the lead role. As per reports, a complaint against Shankar with the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) has already been filed by Ravichandran.
Speaking to ETimes, Ravichandran said, “I am going to court against Shankar and Jayantilal Gada. They cannot make the film without my consent as I own the copyright of the film and no other person has the right over it as I am the author of the movie.”
Earlier in April, responding to the director’s complaint, Shankar had said in a statement that he had infact written the script for Anniyan, “In this context, I submit that the movie was released in the year 2005 and 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.” Ravichandran had further said, “He can say and claim anything, but everyone knows that ‘Anniyan’ is my movie and I hired him to direct the film.”
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Ravichandran said that he learned about the remake from social media, “I was shocked that without my knowledge, a remake of the film was announced. It must be the first time that something like this has happened in our cinema.”