Rajinikanth Is Sad Over Lingaa Fiasco
The controversy over Rajinikanth’s forthcoming film Lingaa took a stunning turn on Wednesday with the actor stating that both the script and screenplay for the movie had been penned by Chennai-based writer S. Ponkumaran. This runs contrary to the claim made by the film’s director K.S. Ravikumar on Tuesday that it was he who wrote the screenplay for the basic storyline of Mr. Ponkumaran.
It was K.R. Ravi Rathinam, an aspiring filmmaker from Madurai, who had filed the write petition last week accusing the makers of ‘Lingaa’ of having stolen a script written by him based on the life of Colonel John Pennycuick, a British engineer behind the construction of the Mullaperiyar dam, for a movie titled ‘Mullai 999.’ He alleged that the script was stolen after he uploaded it on ‘YouTube’ last year.
Denying the allegation, Mr. Rajinikanth said: “As regards the petitioner’s reference to Pennycuick, Mullaperiyar and the subject of nationalisation of rivers and rivulets, I respectfully state that there are umpteen stories and articles revolving the same and the petitioner apparently seems to have erroneously concluded that he has a copyright over such a topic.”
He also stated that as per the “custom and practice followed in the film industry, a person claiming that the copyright of a story authored by him has been infringed should show that at least 13 continuous scenes shot in a feature film are similar to the story claimed to have been authored by him. A bare reading of the affidavit filed by the petitioner does not disclose such an allegation.”
Further taking strong exception to the petitioner having described him as a distributor of the movie, Mr. Rajinikanth said it was a blatant lie. “The name, fame and repute enjoyed by me worldwide have been tarnished as if the film ‘Lingaa’ is a product of a copycat. I have been roped into unnecessary controversy. I hereby reserve my right to proceed against the petitioner for damages,” he added.