A Chennai civil court has issued notices to four parties including Vikram on a petition filed by KS Nagaraj, who said he had the “pre-emptive rights to the title and the story of the film”.
The petitioner says while he was in school he became interested in the history of the Chola emperor Karikalan who built the first dam in the country.
In 1991 he began working on the script based on the king’s life. And in 1994 he registered the title of the film with the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce. He spent around Rs 10 lakhs mobilising funds for the project, but it did not take off.
The matter is to come up on January 12 at the 15th assistant city civil court