Posters of 'Navarasam' and 'Kantara' | Photo: Facebook
The latest Kannada hit ‘Kantara’ confronts a controversy over one of its songs following copyright violations raised by Thaikkudam Bridge. The Kerala-based musical band accused that most of the orchestral arrangement of the song ‘“Varaaha roopam…” in the movie ‘Kantara’ has been plagiarized from the song ‘Navarasam’ without acknowledging the rights of the band over the content.
Music director of ‘Kantara’ B Ajaneesh Loknath had repudiated the allegations of copyrights violations by claiming that the similarities between the songs were perceived due to the same ‘raga’ used in both the songs. However, Thaikkudam Bridge renounced this and cited “blatant infringement of copyrights law”. Through their social media handles, the band informed that the team would resort to legal recourse against the movie and urged public support to defend copyrights infringements.
Positive reviews have been pouring in since ‘Kantara’ was released on September 30. The movie is being successfully screened at theatres currently. The Malayalam-dubbed version of the movie was launched by Prithviraj Productions.
Rishab Shetty’s Kantara produced by Vijay Kiragandur under the banner of Hombale Films narrates a storyline based on a coastal hamlet in Karnataka and a ritualistic artform prevalent there. The background score and songs of the movie had received much acclaim soon after the release.