Swargachitra Appachan's new film in Tamil, 'Azagiya Tamiz Magan' has all the ingredients of a blockbuster.
The media is full of reports of some very hot scenes featuring the hero, Vijay and Namitha. But, along with good publicities, the film was also making headlines for plagiarism charges.
A story writer claimed that the director had stolen his story. He then filed a case against the director and producer. There also was a stay order against the film's shooting. Everything was resolved when the producer agreed to pay him Rs 6 Lakhs. Rs 1 Lakh was given soon after.
The writer filed a case against the producer for the payment of the remaining amount. The case finally came for hearing. The dispute was resolved when the producer's lawyer assured that the remaining amount would be settled. With that, the film cleared one of its biggest hurdles to its release.
The Madras High Court has granted an interim injunction and against the shooting of Vijay’s Azhagiya Tamizh Magan on a petition filed by Mohammed Farooq alias Raja of Grand Creations . The court also ordered issue of notice to Jeeva, story writer and producer ‘Swargachitra’ Appachan claiming rights over the story of the film.
Raja says that he and S.K Jeeva, who now claims to be the writer of the film had jointly written the script under the name 'Guru-Prasad' and wanted to produce it with Vijay. Later Jeeva narrated the story to Vijay who liked it and asked director Bharathan and producer Swargachitra Appachan to make it into a film.
However Raja found that without his knowledge, Jeeva had sold it to Appachan. He approached the Tamil Film Producers Council where the producer and writer promised him Rs 5 lakhs as compensation. They paid Rs 1 lakh and refused to pay the balance, and were trying to complete the shoot and release it by August 15.
So Raja approached the Madras High court, who has granted a stay on the shoot, production and distribution of the film for the next four weeks.
If, maverick director Ram Gopal Varma makes or releases any of his films without any controversy, then it would be a big surprise to all. His latest movie Rakta Charitra is no exception to this case. First, there was controversy over the name Anantapurm which he mentioned is a place of factionism. But, when he received some warnings from certain groups of that district, he was obliged to change the name from Anantapuram to Anadapuram.
Now, the latest controversy is for quoting, “Revenge is the ultimate goal-Mahabaratham.” Some Hindu religion followers has asked RGV, whether he ever read Mahabaratha before making such quotations. If so, in which chapter and page it was quoted so? They have asked him to remove the phrase or else be ready to face the consequences. It’s learnt that, RGV is least bothered about their warnings and proceeds ahead without making any changes in it.
Few days ago, RGV told the media that, though he doesn’t want to attract any controversy, but all his films often being dragged into controversies without his knowledge. However, he believes that, a controversy will certainly gives good openings for any film. So, he said that he never worries about them at all because he becomes habituated to live among controversies.
Tennis sensation Sania Mirza and controversy seems to go hand in hand. Sania Mirza has now landed herself in yet another controversy. She has just decided to pull out of the Bangalore Open. She said that playing in India was a very risky proposition. She does not want to enter into some sort of controversy, so she will not play in Bangalore open.
Sania's refusal to play in India has come as a shock to many sports enthusiasts and also to her fans.
A section of the media has reported that the real reason for Sania Mirza pulling out of the tournament is that she was not offered the amount demanded by her as 'appearance fees'.
Sania's father has however denied this and said that the reasons are quite different.
2011/5/25 6:44:41 Whether his films will run for a week or not, maverick director Ram Gopal Varma certainly assures controversy with his every film. Now, the controversy is about his latest film ‘Bejawada Rowddilu’ which has started on Tuesday in the crowded streets of Vijayawada city. People who were unaware of the shooting were terribly shocked to see some persons chasing a man holding knifes and cycle chains in their hands.
It was reported that, there was havoc among the public with this unpredicted incident. It virtually makes the people run with fear. However, they got relaxed only after they came to know that it is a chasing scene being filmed for the movie. It came to know, some lawyers and people representing civic societies have lodged a complaint with city police commissioner against Ram Gopal Varma and demanded to stop the shooting of the film in the city.
Vijay is doing a dual role for the first time in his forthcoming film Azhagiya Tamil Magan.
Known for his commercial entertainers, Vijay tries something different in Azhagiya Tamil Magan. The movie will provide ample scope for the actor to perform. He will enjoy the company of both Shreya and the glamorous Namitha for the movie.
One of Vijay's roles in the movie will be a character with extra-sensory power - which lets an individual to see through the future.
Directed by Bharathan, Azhagiya Tamil Magan is produced by Appachan and is slated for release in August.
2006/9/14 17:48:48 Kamal Hassan's latest flick 'Dashaavataram' directed by KS Ravikumar and produced by V Ravichandran on the banner of Oscar Films (Pvt) Ltd. was entangled in a controversy. This is not for the first time, Kamal Hassan's film fall under controversy. However, this time, the hullabaloo is over the 'storyline'.
An upcoming writer, S. Senthil Kumar, belonging to Chennai, alleged that the popular hero had resorted to plagiarism. Senthil Kumar says that he approached the versatile artiste with a script few months ago. Then, Kamal Hassan complimented him that the storyline is good and also promised him a job of assistant director, while moulding the subject on the celluloid.
Senthil met the press recently and claimed that he was shocked to find out that the same script is being used now for 'Dashaavataram'. The entire story was totally copied without my knowledge and permission. He further says he has an amble evidence to prove all his charges.
'Dashaavataram' has the musical support by Himesh Reshammiya and the action episodes are being choreographed by Kanal Kannan.
2011/3/31 17:06:17 Hardly hours left for the release of Jr.NTR’s much boasted film Shakti, suddenly a controversy has erupted over some stills of the film. According to sources, some ex-service men have found fault with the stills released in which Jr.NTR’s shoes appears in Tri Color resembling Indian flag. They have demanded the film makers either to remove the scenes from the movie or to do some rectification for those scenes. Otherwise, they warn the film makers to halt the screening of the film tomorrow. However, producer Aswini Dutt or director Mehar Ramesh or Jr.NTR is not available to respond on this issue.
It is now a common thing for the film makers and actors to get into some sort of trouble over the title or role in films. Komaram Puli and Mahesh Khaleja are recent examples.
Now the soon to be released Jr. NTR film Brindavanam is caught in a controversy. The Yadava sangam says that it will stall the release of the film.
The sangam leaders say that Jr. NTR is insulting Lord Krishna by appearing in cheap costumes and with a beard in the film. They also say that Jr. NTR in Lord Krishna’s get up is seen in the company of skimpily clad girls – Kajal and Samantha.
The controversy surely has added some free mileage for the film.
Yasmin Khan has proved that publicity, good or bad, can do wonders to your career. After being in the news for all the wrong reasons – she filed a police complaint against Mahendra Dhariwal for sexual harassment – Yasmin has landed herself the lead role in a film.
The film titled Ek Sach is directed by A. Ahmed, starring newcomer Sujit Punjabi and deals with a similar situation which Yasmin went through recently. Incidentally, before the controversy, Yasmin had done inconsequential roles in films like No Entry, Chetna and an item number in Siyasat.
“The film has a similar theme but there is much more to the storyline. The film revolves around the life of a girl, Priya who comes from a small town to make it big in films. In spite of not meeting the right people, she continues to strive to fulfill her dreams in the ethical way,” says Yasmin.
However, Yasmin denies that it was the controversy that landed her the film, “When A. Ahmed called me, I went and met him. I loved the script and I immediately agreed. It is just a co-incidence that this controversy happened around the same time. It's unfair to draw a parallel between my problems with Mahendra Dhariwal and the plot of this film,” she argues.
Speaking about the controversy, Yasmin says, “Some people raise their voice against injustice while some don't. I chose to expose Mahendra Dhariwal. It is because of people like him that people have such a bad impression of Bollywood. But there are very few people like Mahendra Dhariwal, the rest are good people. I came from Gwalior five years ago and have never faced a problem like this before.”
Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan’s animosity dates back to the days of ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’.
In a recent interview Sallu referred his ‘Bodyguard’ co-star Kareena Kapoor as the `the original Desi Girl`, leaving all wonder if he was taking a dig at Priyanka Chopra who has been given the ‘Desi Girl’ tag after the sexy track in Karan Johar`s ‘Dostana’. However, PC is trying her best to steer clear of any controversy involving Salman and has cleared her stand that she won’t talk about Bollywood’s enfant terrible.
Sources confirm that not only Chopra and Salman don’t talk to each other; the two have also decided that they won’t act in any movie together too.
“She doesn’t want to talk about anything related to Salman,” said a press conference organiser. Further adding, the organizer said, “Priyanka is not happy with the fact that Salman is taking jibes at her and this is not the first time that he has done that. She wants to stay clear of that. Also she has already clarified to the media in her last interaction that she doesn’t wish to be dragged into any Salman controversy.
Interestingly, Salman’s arch-rival Shah Rukh has come in support of Priyanka and has expressed his wish to work with the ‘desi girl’ of ‘Dostana’.
The maverick and controversial director Ram Gopal Varma always courts controversy. For RGV controversy is like oxygen.
RGV is never known to have one good word to say about anybody. He shocked everyone recently when he said that Amitabh Bachchan was the worst actor he had ever seen.
Varma is now trying to get into the good books of Chiranjeevi. He said in his recent tweet that Chiranjeevi is Andhra Pradesh’s ‘Adrushtam’. Let us see if his new boot licking act will get him an offer to do a film with the mega family.
Amul hits at Bollywood in its latest print ad. The ad highlights the latest Bipasha Basu controversy which had created front page news few days back. Bipasha had gone to Lisbon to announce the Seven Wonders of the World. But a big controversy was created when the pictures of Bipasha getting intimate with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in a club were splashed all over the media.
Amul’s ad shows Bipasha and Cristiano sharing a slice of bread with Amul butter spread on it. ‘Bips Smacking!’ says the ad which is very smartly put.
Sanjay Jha’s Strings: Bound By Faith is in the midst of a controversy due to a PIL registered by some Sadhus of Allahabad over a song in the film. The song called ‘Mantra’ originally is a poem written by Baba Nagarjun 1969. It was however, banned for sometime in 1977. But Sanjay Jha claims that it is a very important piece of literature and many people have done their PHD on it.
The lyrics though controversial, speak about the drawbacks in the democratic set-up. Sanjay Jha says that the Censor Board has passed the film with a U/A certificate and that he won’t delete the song from the film by any chance. He also says that Om is a universal word and no one has rights over it.
The controversy gal Riya Sen's behavior hurts Bollywood's Bobby Darling
The controversy gal Riya Sen's behavior hurts Bollywood's Bobby Darling. Riya and Bobby knew each other socially, long before they actually became good friends. Bobby claims that Riya actually 'drugged' him to sleep without his consent or knowledge. In Bobby's own words, "Riya once took me to Indore as her companion, as I wanted to do some sightseeing. There was a sightseeing tour, but she didn't want to go out or let me go either. When she saw that I was keen to go, she offered me a vitamin tablet and said it was for good health." Ask Bobby if this was the reason behind their spat, and he says, "I don't want to drag out the past. Some things are better left unspoken."
2011/7/15 18:57:01 Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma while taking the full advantage of the controversy that surrounds his film ‘Bejawada Rowdilu’ has said “Once, the people watch my movie, they will certainly understand why I was so particular about that title and how it is apt for the movie. They will also understand that, it didn’t intend to hurt anyone’s feelings particularly Vijayawada city people’s feelings.”
When he arrived to Vijayawada, to supervise the shooting of the film he spoke to local media where he made it clear that, he has never promised anyone including his classmate Lagadapati Raja Gopal about changing his film title.
Perhaps, he plans to utilize the title controversy to bring the audiences to theaters. Hope the people won’t demand for a ban on the release of the film or boycott screening of the film in their city.
2011/5/30 18:14:18 Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma indeed had the exact reaction that he has expected for his current film-in-shooting stage ‘Bejawada Rowdilu.’ He always loves to have some sort of controversy around his film, which he strongly believes is a free publicity for the film.
Soon after he starts shooting of his film at Vijayawada, the city police commissioner has refused to sanction permission for the shooting. Hence, he has to pack-up and obliged to shoot it in RFC, Hyderabad.
Even after, he flee away from the city, people of Vijayawada city are not ready to pardon him, because the title of the film hurts their feelings. Hence, some people who are the members of Sarvodaya Mandali have started a 48 hours hunger strike at Vijayawada demanding to change the title. They said that, they will continue their agitation against RGV until he changes his film title.
However, RGV made it clear in his tweeter that, he is not going to change the title of his film, come what ever happens next. So, it is understood that he wants to maintain the controversy live till his film is released.
Rakhi Sawant hurts Buddhist's religious sentiments
Rakhi Sawant' and 'controversy' are the words that have become inseparable. The item girl has become famous mainly due to her controversies than for her performances. She recently appeared on the celebrity chat show Koffee with Karan where she confessed to Karan that controversies just keep happening with her.
And now, the item girl is in the middle of another controversy for hurting religious sentiments of Buddhists. Apparently, Rakhi Sawant was shown in a bath tub against the background of a Lord Buddha statue on a TV show. A group then protested against the show and also burnt effigies and shouted slogans against her.
A case was also been registered against Rakhi in the Amaravati district of Maharashtra for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Buddhists.