Kerala Police recorded the statements of Kantara’s makers because of this reason
Kerala Police recorded the statements of Kantara’s makers because of this reason

The makers of 'Kantara' appeared before the Kerala Police and recorded their statement in connection with a case alleging plagiarism in a song in the film. Producer Vijay Kirgandur and actor-director Rishab Shetty appeared before the Kozhikode as per the direction of the High Court.

According to the official source, "They appeared before the investigating officer as per the court's direction. Their statements were recorded. If it's required, they will be called again." The Supreme Court had on February 10 stayed the Kerala High Court's condition directing the makers not exhibit the film with the song 'Varaharoopam' till a final order in the copyright infringement case. The bench had modified one of the conditions of the High Court and directed makers to be released on bail immediately if arrested.

On February 8, court granted anticipatory bail to makers in the case registered in a Kozhikode police station alleging plagiarism in the song.The court laid out five conditions and asked makers to surrender before the investigating officer for two days on February 12 and 13 between 10 am and 1 pm for interrogation. It said the accused shall not intimidate the witnesses or tamper with evidence and they shall cooperate with the investigation and shall be available for trial. It also said that the accused/petitioners should not leave the country without prior permission of the jurisdictional court.

It all started with a Kerala-based band Thaikkudam Bridge made accusations of plagiarism against the hit Kannada film Kantara song.  He took to the social media and said, “We would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in no way or form affiliated with Kantara. The unavoidable similarities between our IP ‘Navarasam’ and ‘Varaha Roopam’ in terms of audio is therefore a blatant infringement of copyright laws. From our standpoint the line between ‘inspired’ and ‘plagiarised’ is distinct and indisputable and therefore, we will be seeking legal action against the creative team responsible for this. There has been no acknowledgement of our rights over the content and the song is propagated as an Original piece of work by the movie’s creative team.”

Speaking about the film, Kantara, which translates to the mystical forest, tells the story of a local demigod (Bhoota) who trades forest land to the tribe’s people with a king in 1870 in exchange for happiness. Many years later, when the king’s son grows greedy and wants the land back, he dies due to the wrath of Bhoota. Set in the fictional village of Dakshina Kannada, Kantara follows a Kambala champion, played by Rishab, who comes to loggerheads with an upright Forest Range officer, Murali (Kishore).

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