By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Finally Kamal Hassan has won the legal battle against his latest magnum opus Dasavatharam. The Madras High Court today lifted the interim stay on the release of the film.
Senthil Kumar, an assistant director from Tambaram claimed that the story of Dasavatharam was originally created by him and the same was illegally copied by Kamal Hassan when he showed the story to the actor in his office. He demanded credits for the story from Kamal, and asked for his inclusion in the Dasavatharam crew. But Kamal categorically denied all his allegations and refused to even see him. Immediately, Senthil Kumar moved the Madras High court and filed a case against Kamal and Oscar Ravichandiran, the producer of Dasavatharam. The court had sought a reply from the actor and the Oscar Films.
In his reply, Kamal stated that it was totally false on the part of the plaintiff to say that, Dasavatharam is a story which was completely borne out of my imagination and creative thinking", he stated. The Judge asked both of them to submit their stories in a sealed cover to the court. Kamal and Senthil had submitted their script to the Judge a few days ago. On Tuesday, the case came up for hearing before The Judge Ramasubramaniam at the Madras High Court. After a close scrutiny, the Judge announced that they were two different stories without any similarity between them. He ordered the lifting of the stay on Dasavatharam's release.
This verdict has infused a new sense of zeal in the crew. Due to this litigation only, the shooting of Dasavatharam had slowed down, and the release was postponed for July or August. They are just waiting for the lifting of the interim stay. Now everything has been cleared, and the director will gear up with the entire team to finish the work much before the schedule planned earlier.
Dasavatharam is being produced by Oscar Ravichandran, featuring Kamal Hassan in ten different roles. The movie is being directed by K S Ravikumar. The release of the film is expected in the middle of June.