Vikram's Karikalan has been trapped in a legal tangle. The historical movie has been halted following a legal notice from a small-time writer Rajashekaran, who has accused the makers of the forthcoming Tamil of plagiarising his story.
In the notice, Rajashekaran has claimed that the story on King Karikalan Cholan has been developed by him and the movie bosses of the upcoming movie are using it without his permission. The court has ordered an interim stay to the shoots and asked the makers of the film to attend the hearing on January 12.
Rajashekaran adds that he has registered the story in the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce in 1996. His plans to make a film never materialised due to monetary issues. However, director Kannan, who claimed before that he sought Gandhi Krishna's suggestions to write the Karikalan script, reacted by saying that he was out of station when he got the notice. He is yet to meet the producer and his legal team to tackle the issue.
However, Vikram will be seen in the historical role of Karikalan Chola, one of the popular Tamil kings of early Chola during the Sangam period, in the upcoming movie. Bollywood actress Zarine Khan is enacting the character of Velir girl. The movie also features Anjali in an important role.