Egmore Municipal Court in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai has issued a non-bailable warrant against Kollywood director S Shankar in the matter of a plagiarism case. The warrant follows the directors’ failure on multiple occasions to appear in front of the court in a plagiarism case filed by writer Arur Tamilnadan.
The writer accused director Shankar of copying his story Jiguba to make the blockbuster Enthiran in 2010. Reportedly, Tamilnadan had written Jiguba in 1996 and published in a Tamil magazine. The story was republished as a novel titled Dhik Dhik Deepika Dheepika in 2007. Following Enthiran’s release in 2010, the writer filed a case against Shankar for violating the Copyright Act of 1957, especially since the film’s team had earned a huge financial profit from his idea.
The case has been going on for years now, and according to sources, the director and his counsel had failed to appear before the court despite multiple summonses. Following which, the court filed a non-bailable warrant against the director.
Enthiran was a global success soon after its release and had been the highest-grossing movie of its time. The film, produced by Sun Pictures on a grand scale, also garnered international attention. Enthiran features Kollywood superstar Rajinikanth in a dual role, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The film won two National Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Production Design, and it was later dubbed to Hindi as Robot and to Telugu as Robo.