Sarkar plagiarism row: AR Murugadoss hits out at Bhagyaraj

AR Murugadoss has taken an exception to the way Bhagyaraj had arrived at the conclusion that Sarkar’s story was similar to Varun Rajendran’s Sengol. Murugadoss alleged that he has been subjected to unfair treatment without due diligence.


With just days left for its release, highly-awaited film Sarkar, starring Vijay in the lead role, is reeling under accusations of plagiarism. After an investigation, the South Indian Film Writers Association under veteran filmmaker Bhagyaraj recently announced that Sarkar’s story was similar to Varun Rajendran’s Sengol.

Director AR Murugadoss has taken an exception to the way Bhagyaraj had arrived at the conclusion. The filmmaker has alleged that he has been subjected to unfair treatment without due diligence.
“I think the investigation was one-sided. Bhagyaraj claims that my story is very similar to Sengol. Let me ask him, did he read my full-bound script of Sarkar? They claim to have read the full script but they only read the synopsis,” Murugadoss told Behindwoods.
The director said he never submitted a bound script for the review. “Bhagyaraj should have read my full-script or seen my film which I offered to show him. But, he didn’t do either,” Murugadoss alleged, adding, “what did I do to deserve such a big punishment?”
AR Murugadoss said that Sarkar is set in 2018. It is based on recent political developments, including the chief minister’s death. “In that case, how can a story that was written 11 years ago and my film which is based on current politics be the same?” he asked.

The bone of contention is a sequence in Sarkar and Sengo, where the hero is robbed of his vote and that forces him into politics.
“In our state, the names of VIPs missing from the registered voters’ list. Or somebody casting illegal votes in VIP names is a very common thing,” Murugadoss reasoned.
AR Murugadoss even cited the real-life examples of Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan and Bhagyaraj when they fell victim to voter fraud. He added that he was not ready for a compromise by paying a compensation to his accuser as suggested by Bhagyaraj. “Yes, I rejected it because I have truth on my side,” he said.
The matter is now with the Madras High Court and the case will be heard on October 30.
Cleared by the censor board with a U/A certificate, Sarkar is set to hit the screens on November 6.

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