Goundamani rings warning bell for Vaibhav, Sixer in trouble

A sneak peek of Sixer has landed the makers of the upcoming movie in legal trouble. Iconic comedian Goundamani has sued the makers for allegedly defaming him by using his photograph and popular dialogue without consent.

Vaibhav’s character is that of Goundamani with night blindness in Chinna Thambi movie. Directed by debutant Chachi, Sixer has Pallak Lalwani in the female lead role. Radharavi plays a character role, and Ghibran has made some good songs in the movie.  

The promo video shows the protagonist rushing home in haste as he finds out that the time is 5:30 in the evening. And soon we find out that he has night blindness or Nyctalopia. His vision is impaired at night due to low-light. It is the same condition that Goundamani’s Cook Kandasamy suffered from in the 1991 Tamil film Chinna Thambi.

Goundamani has demanded that the makers delete these scenes from the film and apologise to him. He also expects an apology from Vaibhav Reddy, failing which he says, criminal and civil defamation proceedings will follow.

A legal notice says, “The movie is causing serious disrepute to our client’s fair name and reputation and hence, in the name of justice, it would be just and equitable for you to immediately delete the said scene from the movie and also tender an open public apology for having misused our client’s photo and dialogue in the movie ‘Sixer’.”

In the notice, the actor has asked the makers to delete the scene from the movie in which Vaibhav’s character speaks to Goundamani’s portrait on the wall, saying, “Grandfather you’ve done well! (sarcasm) God knows what you did in the nights, I’ve been afflicted with this condition now.”

The dialogue that is heard just before Vaibhav walks up to his portrait, taken directly from the original film, also needs to be removed, says the notice.

Goundamani’s advocate Sasikumar has stated in the notice that the team of Sixer has not got any form of permission from him to use the actor’s dialogues or photos, and the above-mentioned dialogues are highly derogatory.