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HC clears decks for Vijay-starrer 'Sarkar' release

A still from 'Sarkar'.

A still from 'Sarkar'.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday cleared the decks for the release of the Vijay-starrer Sarkar on November 6, after its director A.R. Murugadoss agreed to carry a 30-second-long acknowledgement, before the beginning of the movie, stating that the basic theme of his script registered last year was similar to that of a story penned by another scriptwriter in 2007.

Justice M. Sundar decreed a civil suit preferred by the scriptwriter K.V. Rajendran alias Varun after recording the contents of a joint compromise memo signed by the plaintiff, his counsel M. Purushothaman, Mr. Murugadoss, South Indian Film Writers Association president K. Bhagyaraj and an authorised signatory of Sun Pictures, which had produced Sarkar .

The memo stated that the plaintiff was an associate member of SIFWA and he had registered a script titled Sengol with the association on November 21, 2007.

Late registration

Mr. Murugadoss had registered the script of Sarkar under the title Pachai with the association only on October 13, 2017 and re-registered it with some changes on March 21 this year.

After the release of the teaser of Sarkar, the plaintiff had filed the present suit fearing that his script had been copied. However, after the filing of the case, Mr. Bhagyaraj mediated between the parties and both of them agreed to resolve the issue amicably “so as to protect their mutual interests without affecting each other,” the memo read.

The plaintiff as well as Mr. Murugadoss agreed that the script of Sengol as well as Sarkar “revolve around the same theme of reform of the electoral process by weeding out bogus voting.” Though the basic premise of the scripts were the same, the treatment of Sarkar was totally different and hence the plaintiff had no objection to release of Sarkar.

Undertaking given

He gave an undertaking to the court that he would not object to the screening of Sarkar in any language. Similarly, the director, represented by senior counsel P.H. Arvindh Pandian and Vijayan Subramanian, undertook not to object to the plaintiff making a movie based on the script registered under the title of Sengol . Mr. Murugadoss, with the consent of Sun Pictures, further agreed to display a 30-second acknowledgement, succeeding the thanks cards and before displaying the logo of the production house, conceding that Mr. Rajendran had conceived the same theme before him and that he appreciates the budding scriptwriter.

In view of the compromise reached between the parties, “the plaintiff gives up all other reliefs under the plaint against the defendants and agrees not to pursue this matter further under the court of law. “The defendants also give up all claims against the plaintiff. All the parties agree to bear their own costs. The parties herein pray that this honourable court may be pleased to take this memo of compromise,” the memo concluded.


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