After the KGF franchise, Rishab Shetty’s kantara is the latest Kannada epic that made the right kind of noise at pan-Indian box office.
Besides acting, Rishab also wrote and directed it. The film was released on September 30 and received all the praise and appreciation from moviegoers.
Also available in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, kantara crossed Rs 200 crore at the global box office and is still going strong at the box office.
Produced by Vijay Kiragandur under Hombale Films, the film has now hit a roadblock.
A well-known music group from Kerala named Thaikudam Bridge accused the film of plagiarism. According to them, the kantara song Varaha Roopam is a copy of their song Navarasam.
Speaking to social media, Thaikudam Bridge said they would take the makers to court for plagiarism.
Post a collage of images from Navarasam and Varaha Roopam on Instagram, the band released a statement that read, “From our perspective and that of our partners, we would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in no way affiliated with ‘Kantara’. The inevitable similarities between our IP “Navarasam” and “Varaha Roopam” in terms of audio is therefore a clear violation of copyright laws. From our point of view, the line between “Inspired” and “Plagiarized” is distinct and indisputable and so we will be taking legal action against the creative team responsible for this .There has been no acknowledgment of our rights to the content and the song is propagated as an original work by the film’s creative team.
He further said, “We ask for the support of our listeners and encourage you to spread the word about this. Also ask our fellow artists to share and elevate your views on copyright protection. music.”
We wonder how Rishab and the kantara the team will respond to allegations of plagiarism.
For the uninitiated, kantara is now the highest rated Indian film on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and is now ahead of movies like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2.
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