K Bhagyaraj has stepped down from the post of President of South Indian Film Writers Association. He assumed charge as president just few months ago.
This decision follows the Sarkar plagiarism controversy. Sarkar director AR Murugadoss was accused of plagiarism by filmmaker Varun Rajendran. Rajendran approached the South Indian Film Writers Association (SIFWA) with a complaint that the main plot of Sarkar was similar to his movie Sengol, in which the hero falls victim to voter fraud and takes on the system to prevent election malpractice.
SIFWA headed by filmmaker K Bhagyaraj provided a much-needed relief to Rajendran as they concluded that the main plot of Sengol and Sarkar were the same.
In a statement issued by Bhagyaraj, he apologised to Sun Pictures for having revealed the Sarkar storyline to the media.
He said, “The discomforts I had faced and indiscipline I know have not been published keeping in view the welfare and reputation of the Association.”
“Besides, even after requesting Murugadoss, who did not comply, I was pushed to a situation where I divulged the storyline of a big organization – Sun Pictures’ big movie Sarkar. Sill, as I realized my mistake, I tender my apologies to the producers Sun Pictures,” Bhagyaraj added.
Once and for all … Appa’s resignation from #SWAN was a personal decision as mentioned in d letter & has nothing to do wid #SarkarTeam or the #SarkarIssue ! Pls stop making false accusations & false assumptions ! Requesting everyone to end this topic here 👍🏻 Thank you pic.twitter.com/T7skTOOMS6
— Shanthnu Buddy (@imKBRshanthnu) November 2, 2018
Here is the translation of Bhagyaraj’s letter in Tamil:
My humble greetings to all the members of the South Indian Film Writers Association.
I was elected unanimously by you as the President of this Association without competition. I too took charge happily and vowed to discharge my responsibilities with sincerity and in accordance with my self conscience. Everything was going well.
Then suddenly, a complaint was received by the Association with regard to the movie Sarkar. The complaint was duly considered and since there appeared to be truth in the statement of the concerned member, all important people in responsible position were consulted and action was implemented which enabled us to give justice.
However, I had to face a lot of uncomfortable situations. The main reason for this is that I became the President of the Association directly without the election.
Some irregular activities of the Association came to my notice. Many rules and regulations were required to be amended. Without doing all these I felt it would not be possible to save the reputation of the Association as well as the welfare of the members. As a writer, I feel rectifying is my utmost responsibility.
The only way for this change is to get all those who have been elected without competition like me to resign and appoint them to the responsible positions through proper election. However, I do not have the right to compel others.
Many of you might think that it will be a waste of money if elections are held now given the present circumstances in the Association. But, waste of money is far better than Association’s damage. Whoever is in agreement with my opinion can resign. If it is decided to hold the election after watching the events, I will compete properly for the Presidentship, win with majority votes and will continue to discharge my duties.
The discomforts I had faced and indiscipline I know have not been published keeping in view the welfare and reputation of the Association. Besides, even after requesting Murugadoss, who did not comply, I was perforce pushed to a situation where I divulged the storyline of a big organization – Sun Pictures’ big movie ‘Sarkar.’ Sill, as I realized my mistake I tender my apologies to the producers, Sun Pictures.
South Indian Film Writers Association’s President (Resigned).