A non-bailable warrant was issued by Egmore Metropolitan Magistrate Court II against director Shankar as he failed to appear several times regarding a case of plagiarism. His 2010 blockbuster Enthiran was accused of plagiarism by writer Arur Tamilnadan. He alleged that Shankar had copied his story titled Jiguba in Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer Enthiran.
A complaint was filed by writer Arur Tamilnadan stating that the story of Shankar’s Enthiran was a copy of his story titled Jiguba. Tamilnadan had published his story in 1996. The case has been going on for several years now. Since Shankar and his counsel failed to appear before the Court repeatedly, a non-bailable warrant was issued against the director. The case has been adjourned to February 19. Tamilnadan’s story Jiguba was published in a Tamil magazine in 1996 and was once again republished as a novel titled Dhik Dhik Deepika Dheepika in 2007. After the release of Enthiran, the writer claimed that Shankar had copied his story, which was a violation of the Copyright Act, 1957. In a complaint, he said the makers had earned a huge monetary benefit (in crores) from the film, which was originally his idea and creation.
Last year, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition of Mr. Shankar challenging the order of the Madras High Court in connection with a copyright violation case against him.