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Kantara plagiarism row: Supreme Court stays the order on song removal from Rishab Shetty starrer

Kantara Plagiarism Row: The Supreme Court has ordered a stay on the Kerala High Court’s decision which prohibited the producer and director of Kantara to not exhibit song ‘Varaharoopam’ from the film. The court put the matter on hold until a final order in the copyright infringement case is issued. Kantara has been directed, written and acted by Rishab Shetty, and produced by Vijay Kirgandur of Hombale Films.

Kantara Plagiarism Row

In a big relief for Kantara producer Vijay Kirgandur and director-actor Rishab Shetty, court has ordered that the duo can be questioned but can not be arrested in an alleged copyright infringement. The apex court also stayed the condition to remove the song ‘Varaharoopam’ from the movie.

“The High Court felt very strongly that you people have plagiarised somebody’s song. But the point is you can’t impose these conditions for granting anticipatory ball. You can’t decide a copyright suit in an anticipatory bail,” the court said pronouncing the stay order. The bench comprising of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala further directed that the petitioners should appear before the investigating officer on February 12 and 13. In case of arrest, they shall be granted bail.

What is the fuss all about? 

Popular Kerala music band, Thaikkudam Bridge had accused Kantara makers of plagiarising their song, seeking legal actions against the director and producer of the film. The band had argued that the song Varharoopam from the film has been copied from their song Navarasam. A Kerala court then ordered the makers to not play the song in their film unless they have permission from Thaikkudam bridge. However, later on, Kozhikode District Court in Kerala lifted the ban against Varaharoopam citing lack of jurisdiction.

Kantara relaxed on 30 September 2022, in Kannada. After the film’s groundbreaking collection in the north belt, the film was later released in Hindi, opening to blockbuster collections. The film which was produced just at a cost of Rs 16 crores went on to rake in Rs 400 crores worldwide.

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