Journalist Aarur Tamilnandan, who claimed that the storyline of Rajinikanth starrer Endhiran, was copied from his short story, has demanded Rs.1 crore compensation from the producers of the film. In his civil suit, he said that he had penned a short story titled Jugiba in 1996 and it was published in a magazine in the same year. It was re-published with his permission in another magazine in 2007.
The original story (4 pages) talks about a scientist, Robin, and his robot Jugiba. According to the story, the robot wants to love his creator's girlfriend. But in the end, the robot commits suicide due to the dispute with its creator on the same girl friend issue.
Claiming that he is the owner of the story, Tamilnandan said he should be declared as the author and copyright-holder of the film Endhiran. He wants the court to award a compensation of Rs 1 crore to him and restrain the producers and others from screening and exhibiting the film during the pendency of the suit.
But Shankar, who has written the story and screenplay of Endhiran, registered the 2000 page detailed script of Endhiran in Tamil Screen Writers Association in the late nineties. It may be noted that the story of Endhiran, is loosely based on late Sujatha Rangarajan's 'En Iniya Enthira', one of the most popular science fiction published in the eighties.