Tamil producer to sue Oscar-winning ”Parasite”

At a time when every third film from Kollywood is allegedly an inspiration from a Hollywood film, here comes an interesting news. A Tamil film producer has annouced that he would sue Oscar-winning Korean movie Parasite.

The reason would make one burst into laughter. Producer PL Thenappan, who holds the rights of the 1999 Vijay-starrer Minsara Kanna, has declared he will file case against the makers of Parasite beacuse the plot of Parasite is similar to that of Minsara Kanna.

Minsara Kanna also featuring Rambha, Monica Castelino and Khushboo, is about Kaasi (Vijay) entering the household of a rich woman as a driver and soon, one by one, gets his family members employed in her household, with a motive. All through the film, they must keep their identities a secret and work as strangers.

‘On Monday or Tuesday, I will be filing a case with help from an international lawyer. They have taken the plot from my film. When they find out that some of our films have been inspired by their films, they file cases. Similarly, it is only fair for us to do the same,’ Thenappan said.

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite created history by becoming the first foreign language film to win the Best Film award at the Oscars, besides trophies for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Film.

Director Ravikumar on his part is happy that the controversy will bring international limelight to his film.

”I’m happy that the story has received an Oscar, even if it (Minsara Kanna) served as an inspiration. However, filing a case is up to the producer,” Ravikumar said, according to a website.

NT Bureau