Enable Javscript for better performance
Madras High Court to announce decision on plagiarism case against Vijay-Atlee Bigil Tuesday Diwali- Cinema express

Madras HC refuses to stay Bigil release; allows petitioner KP Selvah to file a fresh case for copyright infringement

The Madras HC has passed its verdict on the petition submitted by KP Selvah against the makers of Bigil

Published: 21st October 2019

The long-drawn plagiarism issue surrounding Vijay's upcoming film, Bigil, came to a close today, albeit temporarily. While the Madras High Court refused to stay the release of Bigil, which is slated to hit screens this Friday, it cleared the path for petitioner KP Selvah, an aspiring director, to file a case for copyright infringement in the appropriate courts.

While for now there is no hindrance for Bigil's release as planned, Selvah might file for an injunction in the civil courts tomorrow or Thursday. It will surely be a tense couple of days ahead for the makers of Bigil.  

Incidentally, this is not the only plagiarism charge levied against director Atlee's third film with Vijay. According to reports, filmmaker Meeraan claims that Bigil is based on his story, which he had registered back in 2015. He has now filed a complaint against the makers with the Tamil Film Producers Council.

Such allegations are not just restricted to Tamil Nadu, with Bigil facing tough times in Andhra too after director Nandi Chinni Kumar claimed that his film, based on the life of real-life football player Akhilesh Paul, and tentatively called Slum Soccer, bears major resemblances to Bigil. He further says that his script was registered with the Telangana Cinema Writers Association, and a complaint has been lodged with that body.

Troubles of this sort seem to be a recurring theme in Vijay's career in recent times. If Thalaivaa ran into hot water for its perceived political content, Thuppaaki faced the wrath of few sections of the Muslim community, who claimed the film portrayed them in a bad light. Sarkar, which was released last Deepavali, also faced plagiarism charges which got resolved after a 'Thank You' card was displayed for filmmaker Varun Rajendran, who had filed the case.

Bigil, which is slated for a release this Friday (October 25) also stars Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Jackie Shroff, and Kathir. 

Related Articles


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.


How many times did you watch KGF: Chapter 2?

4 or more