Kalavoor Ravikumar move legally against ‘Mohanlal’ film crew for pirating his story
Kozhikode: Director and screen playwright Kalavoor Ravikumar has raised allegations against the upcoming movie ‘Mohanlal’ directed by Sajid Yahiya. Ravikumar told mathrubhumi.com that the movie has been made based on his collection of stories titled ‘Mohanlaline Enikipol Bhayankara Pediyanu’. He also said that he had already lodged a complaint with FEFKA before the shooting of the film commenced.
‘Two editions of my collection of stories have been published. Even Mohanlal has read the same. My story depicts the hilarious moments and incidents in the life of a person whose wife is a hardcore fan of actor Mohanlal. I had lodged a complaint with regard to this in FEFKA even before the film shooting began. FEFKA had also found out that my grievance was genuine and ordered that they should give me remuneration and the copyright of the story. But the crew of the film ‘Mohanlal’ ignored it and proceeded with the shooting,' he said.
'Now they have approached me with attempts to compromise. They said that my name will be acknowledged. What is the use of thanking a person after stealing his story? There is no greater grief than seeing one’s story in the name of another person. No writer can cope up with that. I don’t need anybody’s acknowledgement. They don’t think of the family of those who find a living through writing. Why are they hesitant to provide a decent remuneration?’ Ravikumar asked.
Ravikumar’s advocate Prasanth said that they approached the court as per the copyright act. ‘The story was published in 2005. It was published as a book in 2006 and the second edition came out in 2012. Ravikumar was preparing the screenplay and dialogues to make a film. A petition was filed in Thrissur district court demanding 25 percent of the film’s profit as compensation. The court has asked the film crew to respond and to appear before the court on April 5. If they are not ready to compromise, we will have to move to block its release,’ said the advocate.
Manju Warrier and Indrajith Sukumaran plays the lead roles in the film ‘Mohanlal’. Manju plays the character Meenootty who is a Mohanlal fan. The film crew had already said that the story was prepared by the director himself. Screen play was written by Suneesh Varanad. The movie is slated for release on April 13.