Sukumar-directed Rangasthalam was a huge success at the Box Office. The film starring Ram Charan went on to become the third highest grosser of Telugu industry sans Baahubali franchise. Well, post the release, the film faced plagiarism issue. A writer named M. Gandhi has claimed that one of the scenes is the basis of his story Ukkupaadam and has accused Sukumar of plagiarism. The scene in talking is about the hero, who saves a politician till last minute with utmost caring, only to kill him in the end. The issue went to Telugu Film Writers Association and finally, the director has reacted to it. The director reacts saying that the scene is inspired from Sridevi’s film.
“I haven’t copied anyone’s ideas for Rangasthalam movie, but have crafted all scenes from my own imagination. For the scenes where the hero saves villain till last moment only to kill him, I got inspired from 1979 Rajnikanth and Sridevi starrer ‘Dharm Yuddham’. I thought of using that characterisation from a long time and used it here in Rangasthalam” said Sukumar in a written clarification.
Well, Sukumar makes it clear that the scene in talking has been inspired from 1979 Rajnikanth and Sridevi starrer ‘Dharm Yuddham and not by Ukkupadam. Now it remains to see what the writer’s association has to say on this.
The film made it to Rs 100 crore club and has minted Rs 210 crore worldwide. The film went on to break several records. The village-based drama Rangasthalam starring Ram Charan and Samantha Akkineni in the lead was released on 30 March. Directed by Sukumar. The film is produced by Mythri Movie Makers. The film stars Samantha, Aadi Pinisetty, Jagapathi Babu among others in the principal roles. Rangasthalam witnessed Samantha and Ram Charan sharing the same screen space for the first time.