The plagiarism controversy over Bogan tamil movie has now reached a fever pitch, embroiling some of the big names of Tamil cinema in the issue. Cinematographer-turned-director Antony has accused director Lakshman of stealing his story and has used all legal options at his disposal to stop the release of Bogan.
Antony, alleging that the story of Bogan belongs to him, has been engaged in a legal battle with the makers of the film for several months now. However, all hell broke loose, after the Bogan team, this week announced that the film will release worldwide on December 23.
Antony, who is on a war-footing, filed a police complaint on Wednesday against producers Prabhu Deva, Ishari K Ganesh and director Lakshman. He has claimed that his life is in danger. He also alleged that he had been attacked by unidentified goons, who threatened him with dire consequences, should he continue pursuing plagiarism allegations against the makers of Bogan.
After learning the story of Bogan was same as Hallva, he approached the South Indian Film Writers Association (SIFWA) headed by director Vikraman. However, the members of the association were unable to resolve the dispute and advised him to move the court. Antony has been trying to get a stay order on the film.
However, director Lakshman has denied the charges and said that Antony is doing it for money. The director claims that he has written the story, taking inspiration from Hollywood movies.
“Can he prove that his screenplay is similar to mine? I don’t understand on what basis he claims that Bogan is his story. His case didn’t stand in the court as he didn’t have enough proof,” Lakshman points out.
Lakshman has also filed a police complaint against Antony for allegedly causing mental distress to the makers of Bogan and spreading false allegations about the film on the social media.
Bogan has Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swami and Hansika Motwani in the lead roles. The film is produced by Ganesh under the Prabhu Deva Studios banner. It has music by D Imman.
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