Director Shankar found himself embroiled in a row of copyright claims over the Hindi remake of the 2005 film ‘Anniyan’ after Aascar V Ravichandran claimed that he holds all the rights of this film. Shankar has given a strong reply to the producer through a strong-worded letter in which he stated that the story and screenplay of the movie were credited to him in the title card.
Responding to V Ravichandran, Shankar reiterated that late Sujatha Rangarajan was confined to only dialogues and was in no way involved in the script, story or characterisation. He added that the script vests with him and he is absolutely entitled to adapt it in any manner he likes.
Furthermore, the ‘Gentleman’ director added ‘In the absence of any assignment in writing from me, there can be no basis whatsoever to even assert that the ‘storyline’ vests with you. This reply is issued without prejudice, and to clarify the actual situation of me as a director and writer being subject to such avaricious and illegal claims to needlessly attempt to jeopardise my future projects.”
Actor Ranveer Kapoor is roped in to reprise the role of Vikram in the yet to be titled film. The Hindi remake of Anniyan will hit the floors in mid-2022.