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Title clash between the films of Sivakarthikeyan, Vijay Deverakonda

Express News Service

With Irumbuthirai director PS Mithran’s upcoming film with Sivakarthikeyan, produced by KJR Studios, titled Hero, going on floors today, a title clash has ensued betweeen the makers of this film and Mythri Movie Makers, the production house behind Vijay Deverakonda‘s next multilingual, directed by Anand

Annamalai, and set to get a release in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kanada later this year. Meanwhile, a letter dated the 22nd of February, allegedly provided by the TFPC (Tamil Nadu Film Producer’s council) stating that KJR Studios has registered the title Hero for a Tamil film, has been making the rounds in social media.

The director of Vijay Devarakonda’s film, Anand Annamalai, who is also the co-writer of films like Kaaka Muttai and Kutramey Thandanai, however contradicts the statement saying, “We are completely shocked. The rights for the title Hero in Tamil have been with Tribal Arts, a production company that I formed along with Manikandan, for the past one and half years.

We first registered the title with the TFPC on July 5, 2017, and have since then, renewed the same on June 14, 2018. We have proof of the receipts and the demand draft copies with us. The producers council issueing a letter in their support, without getting a NOC from us, is firstly out of the norm. My film will go on floors next month, and it will release as Hero in all the four languages.”

PS Mithran, director of the Sivakarthikeyan film, when contacted, had this to say, “We bought the rights to the title from composer and director SS Kumaran, who had originally registered it with the Council. We have a letter from TFPC stating the same.” They are expected to go ahead with the same title as of now. 
SS Durairaj, the secretary of the TFPC, who has signed the letter in support of KJR Studios, says that there has been some miscommunication in the issue. “The council will issue an official response after reviewing the documents and consulting with both the parties.”Sivakarthikeyan’s film with PS Mithran, which kickstarted yesterday, also stars Kalyani Priyadarshan and Action King Arjun. 

Source: The New Indian Express