Composer Ilaiyaraaja has slapped a legal notice on producer-director Shankar, often referred to as the ‘showman of South India’, for using one of his popular songs in his latest film Kappal without informing or taking prior permission from him to do so.
Produced by Shankar’s ‘S’ Pictures, Kappal has been directed by debutant Karthik G. Krish, a former associated of Shankar. Ilaiyaraaja has sent the legal notice to Shankar for using in Kappal his hugely popular song Ooru vittu ooru vandhu from the super-hit film Kargattakkaran by neither informing about it nor taking permission to do so.
Natarajan Sankaran has scored the music of the film. The notice says that Shankar should immediately remove the song from the film and provide necessary compensation for his act failing which a case would be filed against him. Similar notices have also been sent to Krish, Jayaram (one of the producers) and Sankaran.
“You have used the Ooru vittu ooru vandhu song of my client without prior permission. At a time when the Court has restrained Aki Music from selling songs of Ilaiyaraaja, who has scored music for 1000 films in various languages, the act of taking the song from Aki and using it in the film amounts to contempt of Court. Ilaiyaraaja owns the copyright of the song and all other songs.
“As such, royalty should be paid to him for using the song on screen, on radio and in other advertisements. The song sequence should be removed from the film failing which my client would be forced to file civil case and cases under the Copyright Act,” the legal notice said.