After Vijay’s Sarkar, now the super hit romantic drama 96 is also in the news for plagiarism charges. Noted veteran director Bharathiraja’s associate Suresh has come up and said that the story of Vijay Sethupathi-Trisha Krishnan starrer 96 is lifted from his script which was written in 2012.
According to Suresh, Bharathiraja has shown interest to direct the film and also roped in Ilaiyaraaja to compose music but due to various reasons, the project did not materialize.
“After Bharathiraja watched three scenes of 96, he told me that the film’s story is same as my script”, said Suresh in his interaction with the media. Suresh also added that he narrated the story to Asuravadham director Marudhupandian who has been thanked in the title credits of 96.
“Marudhupandian could have narrated my story to Prem Kumar. When Bharathiraja questioned Marudhu, he fumbled”, said Suresh. But 96 director Prem Kumar has said that Marudhu only participated in the discussion for just two days.
Bharathiraja will be soon meeting the media on this plagiarism charges of Suresh against 96. It is worth mentioning that only through Bhagyaraj, assistant director Varun got due recognition in Sarkar and now, Bharathiraja is backing Suresh.
Bharathiraja’s intention is wrong, says director Prem Kumar of 96
Meeting the media today on the plagiarism controversy,96 director Prem Kumar said that after his film released, Nalan Kumarasamy told him that he had a similar story.
“When Premam got released, many compared it with Autograph. Even my film was compared with Autograph but Cheran sir denied it. ’96’ is not a unique story, such schooldays love would have happened in anyone’s life. According to Suresh, he lived in Tanjore and his story was based on the ’92 batch. I also hail from Tanjore and told in many interviews that one such reunion happened in my life but I didn’t attend it due to various reasons. The story of ’96 was fictionalized based on the incidents happened in my school days”, said Prem who also expressed his shock about Bharathiraja who invited him to his house.
“Bharathiraja called me to his house to discuss the issue. I can handle the plagiarism charges in the court and not in anyone’s house, their intention is wrong”, said Prem Kumar.
Joining Prem Kumar, directors like Thiagarajan Kumararaja, Balaji Tharaneetharan, and Marudhupandian were also present at the media meet.
Prem says he properly registered his script at the South Indian Film Writers Association and he has enough proof that it's his own work.