Rajinikanth's Lingaa seems to be getting mired in one controversy after the other. Even as the film prepares for release on December 12, the superstar's birthday, there's fresh trouble brewing elsewhere.
According to a report in India Today, a fresh case of plagiarism was filed against Lingaa in a city civil court on Friday. The petitioner Sakthivel claimed that he has written the story for a movie called Uyir Anai. It traced the life of Pennyquick, a British engineer who got the Mullaiperiyar dam in Kerala constructed.
The claimant said he came to know that Lingaa was loosely based on his story from media reports and hence had approached the court for a stay on the film's release. He added that, in the past, he had taken his story to a number of producers but they had shied away from taking it up because of the cost involved, reported India Today.
The judge of the Additional City Civil Court issued a notice to the film's director KS Ravikumar, producer Venkatesh and storywriter Ponkumar and fixed the next date of hearing on December 9, reported India Today.
As if this wasn't enough, aspiring filmmaker KR Ravi Rathinam, who had earlier alleged that the Lingaa team had stolen his script, moved to Madras High Court bench and filed a writ appeal on Friday challenging the dismissal of his writ petition by a single judge on Wednesday, reported The Hindu.
The appellant said that the single judge should not have dismissed his writ petition, asking for a police inquiry into the alleged theft on technical ground. He asked the court not to consider the contradictory statements made by Rajinikanth and the film's director, KS Ravikumar, in their counter affidavits with respect to the script and screenplay of the movie, reported The Hindu.
The claimant insisted that while Rajinikanth had claimed that the script and screenplay of Lingaa has been penned by S Ponkumaran, the film's director Ravikumar had insisted that he had written the screenplay from the basic storyline that S Ponkumaran had written.
He contended that the contradiction itself was a sufficient ground to order an inquiry to get at the truth and sought an interim stay on releasing Lingaa until the writ appeal was disposed of, reported The Hindu.
Earlier, the Madras High Court bench in Chennai had on Wednesday dismissed the writ petition filed by Rathinam, who had claimed that the makers of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Lingaa had stolen his story.
Dismissing the case, Justice M Venugopal advised the petitioner to initiate civil or criminal proceedings instead of filing a writ petition since this was a private dispute.
Last month, the petitioner had approached the court alleging that the script he had penned for a film titled Mullai Vanam 999 was stolen by the makers of Lingaa. He had lodged a writ petition against superstar Rajinikanth, director KS Ravi Kumar and writer S Ponkumaran.
(With inputs from agencies)