The woes of Indian cinema do not seem to end. Rather, they seem to multiply in the case of Tamil director AR Murugadoss' Vijay-starrer Kaththi.
After the release scare over its Sri Lanka connection, there's fresh trouble for Kaththi with Tamil producer Minjur Gopi, claiming that Kaththi was originally his story.
Gopi has appealed in a Chennai court, stating that he had met Murugadoss thrice after the director offered to produce his film. He further claims he had discussed his story and script with Murugadoss over the telephone, who had even suggested a few changes.
Kaththi's opening on Deepavali was eventful: a multiplex was ransacked just as it had begun selling tickets by an unruly mob which was peeved over the film's Sri Lanka connection. The Kaththi producer's association with the island nation was resented in Tamil Nadu known for its deep sympathy for Lankan Tamils.
Somehow, Vijay and Murugadoss worked out a deal with the protesting groups and released the movie as planned on Deepavali. And it has been shaking and stirring the box office.
Gopi is one among the innumerable men and women in showbiz who allege that their plots and even scripts have been plagiarised or stolen. Sometimes, they are right, but it now remains to be seen whether Murugadoss is indeed guilty of what he is being accused of.