Director Shankar just announced that he will be remaking his blockbuster film, Anniyan, in Hindi with Ranveer Singh. But it seems, even before the film could go on floors, the remake has hit a roadblock.
Producer V Ravichandran of Aascar Films who had bankrolled Anniyan has issued a statement saying that the rights of Anniyan are still with him and termed the remake illegal.
He also wrote that he never expected director Shankar "to stoop to a low level by resorting to such unlawful acts."
"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 of the fact that I am the producer of the said movie Anniyan. The entire story rights were purchased by me from the writer Sujatha (alias late Rangarajan) for which full payment was done by me to him and necessary records are also available. I am the whole and sole owner of the rights of the storyline. As such, any such adaptation or remaking or copying the main plot of the said movie, without my permission, is totally illegal.
"Further, I wish to remind you that after the not so successful film namely 'Boys,' directed by you, you were severe stress due to the dented image. Still, I have provided you with the opportunity to direct the film Anniyan, after which you have regained the lost ground, only because of my support. It is a sorry state of affairs that you have conveniently forgotten the same and without even informing me, you have tried to reap the accolades of my successful movie 'Anniyan' by associating yourself and adaptation of Hindi version of the same. I am sure you always maintain certain ethical values, hence I wonder how can you stoop to a low level by resorting to such unlawful acts.
"You are hereby advised to immediately stop proceeding any further on the same, due to the illegal copying of the storyline for which the entire rights are held by me. Please note that a legal notice follows this letter," his statement read.
Director Shankar is yet to react to producer Aascar Ravichandran's letter.
As reported earlier, the film is an adaptation of director Shankar's blockbuster film Anniyan, which featured Chiyaan Vikram and Sada in lead roles.