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The age old rivalry of Shivaraj Kumar and Sudeep is all set to come on the forefront again. Recently during the opening of Hotel Ogara owned by producer Raghunath, it was announced that Kichcha Sudeep will work with Ragunath in a new movie. The movie would be directed by Milana Prakash and was titled as Leader.
A new development has unfolded in the industry. Director Tarun Shivappa announced that he will direct a movie titled as The Leader Shivarajkumar with the Hat-trick hero Shivaraj Kumar in the lead role. The movie will be launched in January.
Raghunath is not too happy with this decision. He said, "I registered the title "Leader" three years back under the banner of Vasishta films. The title will be used for the movie starring Sudeep and will be directed by Milana Prakash. I heard that there will a new movie using a similar title. I will inquire about this with KFCC"
When Tarun was questioned about the controversy, he replied, "I have applied for a title called 'The Leader Shivarajkumar'. Titles like 'Leader', 'Mass Leader' etc was already registered. Therefore I applied for the title 'The Leader Shivarajkumar'. Our movie title does not resemble other movie title. Earlier the chambers gave ratification for Power*** was adding stars in from the name. Let them give us this title too."
The title war in Sandalwood is not new. There has been several controversies regarding the misuse of similar sounding titles. The ugly wars between the producers seems to be never ending. With Raghunath on the verge of becoming a member in the KFCC, it would be interesting as to how this episode will be dealt with.