A day after Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and filmmaker S. Shankar announced teaming for a Hindi-language remake of the 2005 Tamil blockbuster ‘Anniyan’, the producer of Anniyan has sent an open letter, where he accused Shankar of copying and the main plot.
In the letter, the producer V Ravichandran of Aaskar Films also urged Shankar to immediately stop proceeding with the remake.
He wrote, “I am utterly shocked to know that you are likely to undertake the direction of a Hindi film by adopting the story of the movie Anniyan. You are well aware that I am the producer of the movie. The entire story right was purchased by me from writer Sujatha for which full payment was done. I am the whole and sole owner of the rights. Any adaptation or remaking or copying the main plot is totally illegal.”
He further added, “You are hearby advised to immediately stop proceeding any further on the same, due to the illegal copying of the story line for which the entire rights are held by me. Please note that a legal notice follows this letter.”
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Anniyan is a psychological action thriller that revolves around a disillusioned man, whose frustration at what he sees as increasing social apathy and public negligence leads to a split personality that attempts to right the system.
The pan-Indian entertainer is slated to go on the floors in mid-2022. Annika, which co-starred Vikram, Sadha, and Vivekh, was released in 2005.