Director Shankar has been mired in controversies. After Indian 2, he had dispute with Aascar Ravichandran regarding the Bollywood remake of Anniyan. And now there’s another controversy brewing. We hear that aspiring filmmaker Chinnasamy, a production executive with popular producer R.B. Choudhary, has filed a complaint against Shankar and Karthik Subbaraj for lifting his story for their upcoming film with Ram Charan. Karthik is the story writer for the project that has been officially announced and temporarily titled RC-15.
A close source to Chinnasamy reveals that initially the story was pitched for Vijay. “He has been working on this story for the last two years and when it didn’t work out with Vijay, he met a close associate of Chiranjeevi Sir and narrated the line,” the source claims. Now, Chinnasamy has gone to the South Indian Film Writers Association (SIFWA) and charged the RC-15 filmmakers with plagiarism. The SIFWA is believed to be investigating the issue.
When DC contacted SIFWA President K.Bhagyaraj, he confirmed that they had indeed received a complaint from Chinnasamy. “Both the parties have submitted their story lines and we are scrutinising them,” he said. Another person, Sellamuthu, a former assistant to Karthik Subbraj, has also claimed that the story of RC 15 is his.
This is not the first time Shankar’s name has been dragged into plagiarism issues. Novelist Aarur Tamil Nadan had lodged a complaint against the director and producer of the Rajinikanth-starrer Endhiran, saying they had stolen the story from his novel Jugiba.