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Sarkar plagiarism row: Murugadoss will thank Varun Rajendran in credits


Sarkar was embroiled in a plagiarism controversy when writer and assistant director Varun Rajendran alleged that AR Murugadoss had copied his story Sengol to make the Vijay-starrer.

He filed a petition with the Madras High Court asking Murugadoss and Sun Pictures to give him due credit and remuneration of Rs 30 lakhs.

We had reported that Varun Rajendran and AR Murugadoss decided to settle the issue out of court. Now, it has come to our notice that the Kaththi director has agreed to acknowledge the similarity in the script of Sarkar and Varun’s Sengol in the film’s credit.

Murugadoss will display a message for 30 seconds in Sarkar immediately after the end credits. In the message, he has acknowledged the fact that the theme of Sengol and Sarkar are one and the same.

The statement reads, “After discussing for months, I wrote the script for Sarkar and directed the movie. I came to know that one co-director Mr K V Rajendran @ Varun had also imagined the same theme and had registered his script with South Indian Film Writers Association. I am recording this to praise upcoming co-director Varun for having imagined and having registered his script before I could.”

He further added that he is thankful to South Indian Film Writers’ Association for identifying a talented colleague. Further details regarding the compromise are still awaited.

In addition to the statement, Murugadoss, in a video message, reiterated that he is the director and screenplay writer of Sarkar.

Murugadoss’s statement has put an end to rumours about Varun’s name being added to the title credits.

Sarkar starring Vijay, Keerthy Suresh and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is a story about bogus voting. Vijay plays a hi-tech CEO, who comes to Tamil Nadu to cleanse the system.

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