The producers of Mahesh Babu's "Srimanthudu" are facing plagiarism charges. A writer named Sarath Chandra has filed a complaint at the Telugu Cinema Writers' Association (TCWA).
RD Wilson, who writes under the pen name of Sarath Chandra, has reportedly filed a complaint with the TCWA alleging that the story of "Srimanthudu" is copy of his novel "Chachentha Prema." "It is clear that director Koratala Siva stole my script and made Sriman-thudu. This was even confirmed by the Telugu Writers Association and I am waiting for their report," Sarath Chandra told Deccan Chronicle.
RD Wilson had served as the chairman of the Minorities Board when YS Rajasekhar Reddy was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The writer claims that his novel is based on a true story that happened to the Velugonda project. He says he wants to fight not just for himself, but also on behalf of all writers.
"People always say that the industry needs good stories, but when we come up with new scripts, they don't give us credit and they just steal it. Small writers are always suffering, thus I am fighting on behalf of them to pave the way for future writers. I will fight till I get justice," he said.
"Srimanthudu" was released in theatres across the globe on Aug. 7, 2015, and it has grossed more than Rs 150 crore. It has become the second all-time highest grossing Telugu film after "Baahubali." RD Wilson has demanded compensation and credit for him in its Hindi version.
"The film released and went on to become a big blockbuster, so I want compensation from the writers. My other demand is that they should give credit to me for the Hindi film, which is being planned. Director Koratala Siva should accept his mistake and give me credit," the writer added.