In his petition, Niranjan Shetty has alleged Upendra and Munirathna of plagiarism charges. According to him, through music director V Manohar, he had met the Real Star and narrated a story to Uppi in 2004. He had titled the film Yamendra v/s Upendra, which never took off. Now, he believes that the makers of Katari Veera Surasundarangi have stolen his story by neither giving him credits nor paying a pie for his work.
When asked why he chose to approach the court just before the release, Niranjan Shetty said, “I was not aware of this story until recently when Upendra gave hints about the story in a television show. Hence, I have moved court to get justice and brought the stay for preventing the film from going to other languages. I have proofs to prove that it is my story and I will produce all the valuable documents to the court.”
On the other end, Munirathna has expressed his anguish over the development and said that Niranjan Shetty's claims are not true. “I don't know who he is and I have not met him till now. In fact, I am not even aware of how many films he has made till date. We have not stolen the story and I will prove it in the court. All these things seem to be done to gain cheap publicity,” claims the producer.
Meanwhile, actor Upendra cleared that they have not stolen the story and said that the script is original. He said, “Every year 100s of people meet and and narrate their stories. And Niranjan Shetty might be one among them, which I do not remember now. I am not a person, who lifts other stories and claim it as mine. I have in the past written stories and given credits to others. People know it.”