CHENNAI: In the latest in a series of plagiarism allegations raised against film personalities, a junior script writer approached a City Civil Court on Friday claiming that the story of the eagerly anticipated Rajnikanth-starrer Lingaa is based entirely on his script titled Uyir Anai, which he apparently penned after being inspired by the life of Pennycuick, the legendary Englishman who constructed the Mullaiperiyar dam.
According to the petitioner P Sathivel, he is working as a junior scriptwriter since 2009. Inspired and impressed by the life of Pennycuick, he penned a script in 2011. After naming Uyir Anai, he had duly registered the script with the Film and Producer’s Guild of South India on July 23, 2012.
He submitted that between 2012 and 2014, he approached many directors and producers to make a film based on his script. Though they were impressed by the script, none of them responded as the budget outlay was huge.
“I was shocked and surprised to know that the story of Lingaa is fully based on my script Uyir Anai, through newspapers. The story writer of the film has cunningly misused my script,” alleged Sathivel. He stated that he had also registered the script with the South India Film Writers Association on November 19.
Claiming that his life and property were at danger at the hands of the makers of the film, the petitioner sought a permanent injunction on the release of Lingaa which is scheduled for December 12.
The petitioner further prayed the XII Assistant Civil Court to appoint an Advocate Commissioner to compare his script and the Lingaa movie script.
Admitting the petition, judge R Govindharajan directed notice to the makers of Lingaa and posted the case to December 9 for further hearing.