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Shankar issues strong rebuttal: ‘I retain the right to exploit Anniyan script’

Shankar on Wednesday announced that he will remake Anniyan in Hindi, with Ranveer Singh in the lead role.

By: Entertainment Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 16, 2021 8:21:20 am
ranveer singh, shankar, anniyanRanveer Singh-Shankar's film will go on floors in 2022. (Photo: PR)

Director Shankar on Thursday issued a strong rebuttal to Anniyan producer V Ravichandran’s legal notice and scathing letter, accusing the former of indulging in “unlawful acts.” Shankar claimed that he holds the complete right to the script of Anniyan, and he didn’t require Ravichandran’s permission to use it again.

“I am shocked to receive your mail dated 14.04.2021 stating that you own the storyline of the movie Anniyan,” said Shankar in his statement.

“In this context, I submit that the movie was released in the year 2005 and everyone associated with the movie were aware that the script and storyline belongs exclusively to me and in fact the movie was released with the tag: Story, Screenplay and Direction by Shankar. I have not assigned in writing any script or screenplay to any person, and continue to retain the right to exploit the script in any manner I deem fit. As the admitted author of the literary work, my rights cannot be interfered with under any circumstances,” added Shankar.

In the letter, V Ravichandran stated that he purchased the rights to Anniyan’s story from Sujatha, who, according to him, was the actual writer of the film.

“I am rather surprised to see the reference to late Sri Sujatha, as he was engaged by me only to write dialogues for the film and was accordingly credited. He was not involved in the script, screenplay or characterization in any manner, and there is no scope beyond his engagement as a dialogue writer,” Shankar claimed.

“Given that the script vests with me, I am absolutely entitled to exploit the same in any manner I deem fit. In fact, you/your entity does not have the right to remake or make any derivative rights for “Anniyan”, as the said rights have not been granted to you in writing. In the absence of any assignment in writing from me, there can be no basis whatsoever to even assert that the “storyline” vests with you (sic),” he added.

V Ravichandran had also accused Shankar of being “unethical” by announcing the Hindi remake of Anniyan without consulting him.

“You as the producer have gained substantially from the success of the film “Anniyan”, and are needlessly trying to unjustly enrich yourself even in my future endeavours which have no correlation to you. Needless to state, I can only hope good sense will prevail upon you after this clarification and you will stop agitating such baseless claims. This reply is issued without prejudice, and to clarify the actual situation of me as a director and writer being subject to such avaricious and illegal claims to needlessly attempt to jeopardise my future projects (sic),” Shankar hit back.

Shankar on Wednesday announced that he will remake Anniyan in Hindi, with Ranveer Singh in the lead role.

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