Tamil producer PL Thenappan, has declared he will sue the producers of the Oscar winning Korean film 'Parasite' on grounds of copying his 1999 film 'Minsara Kanna'.
"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 told thenewsminute.com, adding that he would seek compensation from the producers of 'Parasite' for copying the idea of his film.
This year Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' created history as this non-English movie won the academy award for Best Film. The movie also won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Film.
After the live announcement on February 10, fans of the Tamil hero who starred in 'Minsara Kanna' started to point out the similarities between the two movies on social media.
Director of 'Minsara Kanna', 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 the website.
'Minsara Kanna', features Tamil actors Vijay, Rambha, Monica Castelino and Khushboo. The story centres 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.
'Parasite', is a black comedy that talks of class divide and how societal discrimination makes the affluent set insensitive about the less privileged. The film traces a fascinating tale of survival through the story of a lower-class family that infiltrates the household of a super-rich family one by one as employees.
Although the plot point would seem to bear remote resemblance, 'Parasite' is actually a very different piece of work, and also far more enriched in terms of cinematic idiom and aesthetics, reports India Times.