'I am not a Producer', says AL Vijay on Thaandavam Script issue

'I am not a Producer', says AL Vijay on Thaandavam Script issue
Even as the industry is abuzz with how director Vijay will be producing a movie for Ponnusamy, who claimed that the story of the director's Thaandavam was his, Vijay denies any such consensus was arrived upon.

Vijay claims, "At the last meeting, we only discussed the resignation that Ameer and the EC members had submitted. We never spoke about Ponnusamy's case. I was surprised when I heard that I will be producing his film. I'm a director, not a producer."

Talking about the issue, he says, "I had already registered the story of Thaandavam with the writers' association, and had committed myself to the film in June last year, when work on Deiva Thiirumagal was still on. And in August, Ponnusamy had approached my producers with a script about a visually-challenged man. The producers gave back the script to him, saying they were already doing a film on similar lines."

He continues, "When the trailer of Thaandavam was launched, Ponnusamy approached us, claiming the script could be his. I thought his doubt was valid, and co-operated with him. I gave him my script and even screened the film for him. The only similarity between our scripts was the theme of a visually-challenged man seeking revenge. There was no mention of human echolocation in the other script. So many movies on the same theme have been made — Porkalam and Sabaash, for instance. We tried sorting out the issue with the help of the association. When that didn't work out, Ponnusamy went to court and the court had dismissed his petition to stay the film. The matter had been resolved, and our only grouse was that there were conflict of ideas between the directors and assistant directors within the association. Ponnusamy and I have no issues; he is really talented, and I wish him well."


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