K Bhagyaraj has resigned from the post of president in South Indian Film Writers' Association. This comes following massive criticism from Vijay fans over his stand on the recent Sarkar plagiarism issue.
Bhagyaraj was under attack from the cine-goers for allegedly revealing the complete story of Sarkar, while giving a clarification about the plagiarism issue. It is believed that he was also hurt by the way media covered the entire episode. Hence, he has stepped down from his position.
"I still don't know why the press is twisting the statement appa gave ! This is ethically wrong ! APPA HAS NOT GIVEN ANY FURTHER STATEMENT ON THE CLAIM OF STORY AND SCREENPLAY RIGHTS ! PLS DONT MANIPULATE FOR SAKE OF NEWS! #SarkarStoryIssue #KBhagyaraj. [sic]" his son and actor K Shanthnu tweeted.
The veteran writer-director had taken charge six months ago. His stand on Sarkar story-theft issue caught many by surprise as he put his weight behind budding filmmaker Varun Rajendran in spite of sharing good equations with Thalapathy Vijay, director AR Murugadoss and production house Sun Pictures.
Bhagyaraj had found similarities between Sarkar and Varun Rajendran's Sengol stories. He shared his uneasiness over taking such stand as his own family members might not be happy to see a Vijay film landing in trouble.
Out of confusion, he spoke to Vijay to seek his views. "He told me not to have such feelings and asked me to do my duty sincerely. He also said that AR Murugadoss will face the issue in the court," K Bhagyaraj revealed about his conversation with the actor.
Unfortunately, his stand did not go well with Vijay fans. Further, they were furious with him for revealing the story and climax during an interview.
The budding filmmaker made story-theft allegations on AR Murugadoss with the SFWA, while also filing petition against the makers seeking stay over its release. However, the issue was solved out of the court.