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Prabhas’ 2011 film Mr Perfect in legal trouble, producer Dil Raju booked for plagiarism

Telugu novelist Shyamala Rani has claimed that Prabhas’ Mr Perfect that came out in 2011 is based on her novel Na Manasu Ninnu Kore, published in 2010.

regional movies Updated: Sep 17, 2017 18:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Prabhas,Dil Raju,Baahubali
Prabhas’ wax model at Madame Tussauds, Bangkok.

Prabhas starrer Mr Perfect and its producer Dil Raju have been dragged into a legal battle over plagiarism, six years after the film was released. The film was a major hit for the Telugu star. That was years before his another blockbuster Baahubali was made.

According to a report in Indian Express, writer Shyamala Rani has claimed that Mr Perfect that came out in 2011 is based on her novel Na Manasu Ninnu Kore published in 2010.

She said that makers have used her story without her permission.

Rani filed a case against Dil Raju, director of the movie K Dasarath, dialogue writer Abburi Ravi and co producers Sirish and Lakshman at Miyapur court accusing them of cheating.

Following this, the court has directed the Madhapur police to file a case of cheating and conspiracy against them. The case was filed under the Copy Rights Act.

Mr Perfect stars Prabhas, Taapsee Pannu and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles. The film centres around a self-centred guy who eventually comes around to understand and appreciate family values.

Rani, speaking to media, said that she tried hard to sell her story to filmmakers but nothing came of it. Then, in 2013, while watching Mr Perfect on television, she realised that many of the scenes depicted and dialogues were very similar to her novel.

“While I was watching Mr Perfect in 2013 on television, I found several dialogues and scenes were copied from my novel,” she told the Times of India.

It is indeed a big deal to drag Dil Raju into a legal battle, who is an influential producer in Tollywood and has a number of hits under his belt. Two of his recent films as producer -- DJ Duvvada Jagannadhamm and Fidaa -- were major hits in Telugu industry.

The popular producer has the theatrical rights of three upcoming projects -- Jai Lava Kusa, Spyder and Pawan Kalyan’s PSPK 2 – and is currently producing Raja the Great starring Ravi Teja.

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First Published: Sep 17, 2017 16:30 IST