Thalapathy Vijay’s 2017 blockbuster Mersal is known for its record-smashing box office show, but another piece of trouble that has been plaguing the film ever since its release, is the charges of plagiarism alleged on director Atlee. Producer Five Star Kathiresan, who had acquired the remake rights of superstar Rajinikanth’s blockbuster film Moondru Mugam, had come out complaining that Atlee had stolen the story of Mersal from the film. Kathiresan had bought the remake rights in order to redo the film with Raghava Lawrence in the lead, but his plans went into doubt after the release of Mersal.
The issue was taken up to the producer’s council in 2018, when Kathiresan and Atlee attended a meeting together. The former, who is now the Vice President of the TFPC, claimed 30 percent of the remuneration received by Atlee for Mersal as a compensation. He also screened a 30-minute video which had scenes from Mersal being similar to that of Moondru Mugam. Denying the statements, Atlee said that though the template of the film may be similar, the writing is purely based on his own ideas and thought processes.
Adamant on his grounds, Kathiresan has now escalated the process to the High Court. The hearing regarding this matter will take place on the 21st of February, next Thursday. We will have to wait and see what Atlee will have to say from his side, with the director being busy with his ongoing film with Vijay which currently in its initial stages of shoot.