Filmmaker Shankar has reacted to the allegations thrown at him by Anniyan's producer V. Ravichandran, who asserted that the director cannot go for Hindi remake without his permission as he won the rights of the film. Hours after the scathing letter by Ravichandran went viral, Shankar gave a befitting reply in his inimitable style.
Shankar issued a lengthy letter in which he said that the film Anniyan story belongs to him. He added that he has been credited the same in the film where it reads that Story, Screenplay and Direction belongs to him.
His letter reads, “I submit that the movie was released in the year 2005 and everyone associated with the movie were aware that the script and storyline belongs exclusively to me and in fact the movie was released with the tag: Story, Screenplay and Direction by Shankar. I have not assigned in writing any script or screenplay to any person, and continue to retain the right to exploit the script in any manner I deem fit. As the admitted author of the literary work, my rights cannot be interfered with under any circumstances”.
Shankar also pointed out that later writer late Sujatha was brought on board by himself only to assist in dialogues and he has nothing to do with the script. Shankar concluded his note, “You as the producer have gained substantially from the success of the film “Anniyan”, and are needlessly trying to unjustly enrich yourself even in my future endeavours which have no correlation to you. Needless to state, I can only hope good sense will prevail upon you after this clarification and you will stop agitating such baseless claims. This reply is issued without prejudice, and to clarify the actual situation of me as a director and writer being subject to such”.