Sarkar release: Madras high court clears roadblocks for Vijay-starrer; film to hit screens on Diwali

CHENNAI: Vijay-starrer “Sarkar,” which was mired in litigation after a writer claimed ownership of the story, is all set to hit the screens as scheduled on 
, as the 
Madras high court
 on Tuesday cleared all the roadblocks, in view of a compromise arrived at by the parties.

“Sarkar” director A R Murugadoos has agreed to give credit to writer and assistant director Varun Rajendran in the title of the movie with a message appreciating his similar thought with that of Murugadoss in penning the story.

As Rajendran agreed to the same, Justice M Sundar recorded the memo of compromise filed by the producers of the film and closed the civil suit.

On October 25, Rajendran approached the high court alleging copyright infringement of his story by the director and makers of the movie.

He claimed that the story of “Sarkar” replicated his work titled “Sengol” which he registered with the Writer’s Union in 2007. He further submitted that he had filed a complaint in this regard with the South Indian Film Writers Association which probed his complaint and concluded that the story of “Sarkar” and “Sengol” are identical.

The writer wanted the court to stall its release till he was given due credit in the film’s title card. Rajendran also sought the court to direct the makers of the movie to pay Rs 30 lakh as compensation for infringing his copyright over the story.

When the plea came up for hearing on Tuesday, counsel for the parties informed the court that they had arrived at a compromise and filed a memo to that effect.

The movie features 
, Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi. The film is directed by A R Murugadoss, with music composed by A R Rahman.

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