Threatening a film’s release few days before it sees the light of day has become the latest fad in Tamil cinema. Last year, biggies including Vijay’s Kaththi and Rajinikanth’s Lingaa faced a similar fate before eventually hitting the screens. While both Kaththi and Lingaa were accused of story theft, the issue over Aambala is the ‘title’. Filmmaker Hari Krishnan has submittted a petition in High Court saying he had pre-registered the title Aambala for his story few years back.
A source in the Tamil Film Producers Council has confirmed that Hari Krishnan has indeed registered the title before. The issue could have been avoided if the council had computerised titles to cross-check records if someone registers a new title. Since, the process of computerising titles has not been completed yet, the makers of Aambala have had to face this tough situation now. “We have held discussions and found an amicable solution. A compromise has been reached. The fact they are raising such an issue after we have done so much publicity and fanfare suggests that they are merely interested in getting some financial gain out of it,” says a source close to Vishal.