'Enthiran' decade old law suit: Director Shankar to appeal in Supreme Court

Kalanithi Maran and Shankar has been accused violating the Copyright Act and of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC
'Enthiran' decade old law suit: Director Shankar to appeal in Supreme Court
After giving a blockbuster success of ‘Sivaji’, iconic director Shankar and Superstar Rajinikanth again teamed up for the science fiction action drama ‘Enthiran’.

Released in 2010, the pan Indian blockbuster film 'Enthiran' was produced by Sun Pictures with music score by A.R. Rahman received critical acclaim and high praise for the technical wizardry that was ahead of its time.

Aarur Tamil Nadan, an author, filed a suit in the court in 2010 claiming that it was based in his novel published and registered in the year 1996. The case was against director Shankar, Kalanithi Maran, the Managing Director of Sun Pictures Limited, and Sun Pictures Limited.

Tamil Nadan stated that he wrote a story on a robot – Jugiba, which was first published in a Tamil magazine named ‘Iniya Udayam’ in April 1996. Later in 2007, it was published as a novel, Thik Thik Theepika. The storyline was registered on January 1, 1997, and protected under the provisions of Copyright Act.

The Madras High Court quashed the criminal proceedings against Sun Pictures Managing Director Kalanithi Maran in 2019 over allegations that superstar Rajinikanth-starrer “Enthiran”, produced by the company, was based on a story of another writer.

The case has been going on for the past decade and Shankar had countered that he wrote the script ahead of the short story. However, the court refused to quash the proceedings against director Shankar. The ace director has now gone for an appeal in the Supreme Court and his lawyers have filed the petition there.

The film had Superstar Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai in lead roles with Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam and Karunas in supporting roles. The soundtrack album and background score were composed by AR Rahman, while the dialogues were written by Madhan Karky, cinematography by R Rathnavelu, editing by Anthony and art direction by Sabu Cyril.

On the other hand, Shankar is planning to restart the shooting of his next 'Indian 2' starring Kamal Haasan soon.


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