With the South Indian Writers Association headed by K Bhagyaraj stating that the plots of Sivakarthikeyan’s Hero and one Bosco Prabhu’s script are one and the same, the film has found itself in the middle of a controversy.
However, the film’s director P S Mithran said: “Just because someone thought a similar idea before me, I can’t give him any monetary benefits. Comparing the synopsis or basic crux of the film and declare plagiarism charges is unfair.”
He added: “I pleaded them to compare the screenplay of the two scripts but they refused. My producer Rajesh deposited Rs 10 lakhs in FEFSI’s account and agreed to pay Prabhu if there is a resemblance in both the stories but they didn’t compare the screenplay of both the scripts”.
Stating that henceforth such things shouldn’t happen in the industry, the Irumbu Thiri maker said the union must come to conclusion by comparing the screenplay and not synopsis.
He said further: “I have given credits and remuneration to three writers so why would I use someone else’s story without credits”.
Bhagyaraj had also reportedly written to Mithran three weeks ago demanding an explanation for the same. However, Mithran denied any involvement in taking inspiration from Bosco’s script. He also sought to discuss with the 18 EC members and Bhagyaraj also arranged for a meeting.
Mithran said, “We incorporated many stories from newspaper articles and real-life incidents. They (Union) are speaking only on the basis of the synopsis. We worked for 446 days on the film, and I have an entire audio recording of the process. It is my filmmaking Bible.”
Bosco Prabhu, an assistant of Atlee, had complained to South Indian Writers Association that director PS Mithran had stolen his script registered in 2017 with the association and made his film Hero.