Kerala court has now come up with a verdict over the copyright issue of "Drishyam" Tamil remake.
Ernakulum Judicial First Class Magistrate Court has temporarily halted the Tamil remake of "Drishyam" starring Kamal Haasan.
The court found the violation of copyright based on a petition filed by Malayalam film maker and scriptwriter, Satheesh Paul, who had earlier alleged that the story of "Drishyam" is based on his thriller novel "Oru Mazhakalathu" that was published in May 2013.
Satheesh had also alleged that he had discussed the novel's story with the makers of "Drishyam", who earlier denied such allegations.
After going through the documents submitted by Satheesh and watching "Drishyam", the court commented that the film has only a small variation from the novel and thereby is a copyright violation.
"Meanwhile, V. S Vasan, Ernakulum Additional Sessions Judge issued a temporary order, which states that there will not be any trouble for the release of the Tamil version if the makers guve ₹10 lakh or equivalent guarantee to the court", reported Manorama Online.
Malayalam version "Drishyam" starring Mohanlal was released in 2013 and became one of the biggest grossing films of the year. This film was directed by Jeethu Joseph.
Following the film's success, it was later remade in Telugu and Kannada and were also huge box office hits.
Interestingly, Satheesh approached the court only when he found out that Jeethu is planning to remake the film in Tamil. Apparently, the scriptwriter was also planning to do a film based on his novel.
The pooja function of "Drishyam" Tamil remake was held on 16 July and was reportedly titled as "Papanasam". The film is also rumoured to have actress Gauthami playing the lead opposite Kamal. The film's shooting was expected to begin by the end of August and with the new court order, the uncertainties regarding the film's future are still continuing.