Kantara, directed by Rishab Shetty, has been receiving excellent reviews and box office success but has recently run into trouble due to a controversy. Thaikudam Bridge, a popular band from Kerala, charged the Kantara film with copying its songs. The music group claimed that their song Navarasam was plagiarised from the song Varaha Roopam.
Thaikudam Bridge said on Monday that they would take legal action against the creators of Kantara for plagiarism. They did this via Instagram. The band claimed in their post that the crew had violated copyright rules blatantly by using their song, Navarasam, as the base for Varaha Roopam.
To let its listeners know that Thaikudam Bridge is in not connected to "Kantara," Thaikudam Bridge shared a collage poster of the songs Navarasam and Varaha Roopam. "We would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in no way or form affiliated with "Kantara". The unavoidable similarities between our IP "Navarasam" and "Varaha Roopam" in terms of audio is, therefore, a blatant infringement of copyright laws. From our standpoint the line between "Inspired" and "Plagiarized" is distinct and indisputable and therefore, we will be seeking legal action against the creative team responsible for this. There has been no acknowledgment of our rights over the content and the song is propagated as an Original piece of work by the movie's creative team."
The Kantara team has not yet responded to allegations of plagiarism, though. The accusation of plagiarism has not yet elicited a response from either Rishab Shetty or Hombale Films.
Kantara, which Rishab Shetty wrote and directed and in which he also played the major part, is burning up the box office and is on pace to gross over Rs 200 crore. Kantara, which Hombale Films produced on a very modest budget, is now their most popular movie in Karnataka. This indicates that it even beats the record for the most footfalls set by Yash's KGF: Chapter 2.