Director AR Murugadoss’ upcoming Tamil Film Sarkar starring Vijay has hit the headlines for wrong reasons. AR Murugadoss has been accused of plagiarism after South Indian Film Writer’s Association confirmed that the script of the movie is similar to that of Varun Rajendran’s 2007 movie Sengol’s script. The film that is all set to release on November 7, has landed into legal trouble now. It all started after writer and assistant director Varun Rajendran filed a complaint against Murugadoss for plagiarism. The director has taken the matter legally and the Madras High Court has asked the makers of Sarkar to respond to it before October 30.
AR Murugadoss has also reacted to the controversy saying that South Indian Film Writers’ Association, head Bhagyraj has made ‘a big mistake’. The director says that how the association has heard only one side of the story and have not even tried to reach him. Further adding that they have come to a wrong conclusion just by reading the synopsis of his upcoming film, Sarkar. Murugadoss says that the only similarity between both the films is how people’s votes are misused. “This incident has put me into depression and I am heartbroken. I have written the complete story of Sarkar, with my set of assistants, in this office from 7 in the morning, until 9 PM in the night. Also, I have not met this person called Varun (the story writer of Sengol), and I don’t have any experiences with him. I haven’t spoken to him or met him anywhere outside or nothing of that sort has even happened. Even he would agree to that point, AR Murugadoss said in an interview with an entertainment website.
The South Indian Film Writers’ Association, headed by actor-director Bhagyaraj talked about the decision made and said, “We asked Murugadoss if he can provide Varun with a writing credit, but he didn’t accept it. He said his inspiration for the script was Sivaji Ganesan’s real life election campaigning back in the day. So we offered him an alternate solution. We asked him to add, ‘Inspired by original events and adapted to screen by AR Murugadoss’ to the start of the film and give an additional inspiration credit to Varun. But the director didn’t accept that either. In light of these developments, we wrote the leaked letter to Varun that we tried our best but couldn’t do anything more, and expressed our regrets on the same.”