A few days ago, there were reports that actor Vijay Deverakonda had signed a multi-lingual project titled Hero, which will be directed by Anand Annamalai, the writer of critically-acclaimed film, Kaakha Muttai.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the makers of Sivakarthikeyan’s upcoming film with director PS Mithran surprised movie buffs with the announcement that their project has also been titled Hero and the shoot of the film has begun. Within a few minutes, rumours surfaced on social media that both the production houses have registered for the same title and are not willing to give it up. Post the development, the makers of Vijay Deverakonda’s film released a payment receipt to prove that the title Hero belonged to them.
When DTNext contacted director Anand to clarify, he said, “Manikandan, the producer of the film, registered the title under his home banner, Tribal Arts Productions, in June 2017. We have even renewed it last year. I don’t think we need any other proof to claim that the title belongs to us. Moreover, we are planning to make Vijay Deverakonda’s film in four languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. We have registered the same title in all four languages. It is impossible for us to come up with a new title for Tamil audience alone.” He adds, “I am someone who starts working on a script only after finalising the title. Hero is an apt title for our film and I am sure that it will justify the content. If Kaakha Muttai gets re-released with a different title, will you accept it? Being a writer, I know how important a film’s title is. Manikandan sir has already decided to file a complaint with TFPC regarding the issue.”
When we tried to contact director Mithran to hear his side of the story, he wasn’t available for comment. However, a source close to his team, says, “Mithran registered the title in August, 2018. The makers of the film are planning to meet the Producers’ Council soon to solve the issue.”