Kerala court instructs makers of Kantara to not use Varaha Roopam in theatres after band Thaikudam Bridge accuses them of plagiarising their song Navarasam
Rishab Shetty's Kantara is drawing critical acclaim from different corners of the country for its stellar storytelling and impeccable performances by the entire star cast. Its shows across the country as going houseful in all the languages it has released in. Amid appreciation and praises, the makers of Kantara were accused of plagiarism. Kerala-based band, Thaikudam Bridge legal action against the makers claiming that the song Varaha Roopam from the film is a copy of their song Navarasam.
Now, a Kerala court has ordered the makers of Kantara to avoid using Varaha Roopam without the permission of Thaikkudam Bridge. Sharing the development, the Kerala brand's official Instagram handle carried a statement that read, "The Principal District and Sessions Judge, Kozhikode has injuncted the Producer, Director, Music Composer, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, Wynk Music, Jiosavan and others from playing the Song Varaha Roopam in the Film Kantara without the permission of Thaikkudam Bridge. Suit for Injunction has been filed on behalf of Thaikkudam Bridge by Music Attorney, Satish Murthi, Advocate Supreme Court of India."
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On October 24, Thaikkudam Bridge accused the makers of Kantara of copyright infringement. In their statement, they wrote, "We would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in no way or form affiliated with "Kantara". The unavoidable similarities between our IP "Navarasam" and "Varaha Roopam" in terms of audio is therefore a blatant infringement of copyright laws. From our standpoint the line between "Inspired" and "Plagiarized" is distinct and indisputable and therefore, we will be seeking legal action against the creative team responsible for this. There has been no acknowledgement of our rights over the content and the song is propagated as an Original piece of work by the movie's creative team."
The makers of Kantara are yet to react to the development. The film, revolving around Bhoot Kola, also stars Kishore, Achyuth Kumar, Sapthami Gowda and Pramod Shetty. The film released in Kannada on September 30 and in Hindi on October 14.