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Oscar winning ‘Parasite’ borrowed from Kollywood film?

When South Korean film ‘Parasite’ swept four major awards at the 92nd Academy Awards, a few Tamil movie buffs took to social media to point out the similarities the movie shared with Tamil film ‘Minsara Kanna’, directed by KS Ravikumar and starring Vijay, which was released in 1999.

However, when we reached out to Ravikumar, he told us that while he is yet to see the film, he was happy for having come up with an Oscar-winning story 20 years ago. The story of the film was penned by MA Kennady, with Ravikumar writing its screenplay.

But now, things have taken a serious turn. In a strange move, PL Thenappan, who claims to be a producer of ‘Minsara Kanna’ (KRG, a producer who is no more, is the only credited producer in the film’s titles), saying that he is planning to sue the makers of the Bong Joon-ho film. He told us that talks are on with a Chennai-based lawyer and that a decision on zeroing in on an international lawyer will be made in a couple of days. Thenappan says, “I watched ‘Parasite’ only after the film bagged several Academy Awards. I feel the basic plot has been lifted from our movie.”

When asked about the differences between both the movies, he told us, “Let the court decide that. There have been cases of a few Korean filmmakers suing makers of Tamil films. Let the court look into everything.” TNN

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