Madras HC bars the release of Arvind Swamy Starrer Rendagam on OTT platforms

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On October 5, the Madras High Court banned the producers of Arvind Swamy’s star Rendagam from streaming the film on OTT platforms. Madras HC Judge C Saravanan has issued an instruction ordering the producers not to air the film on OTT.

The court order came after hearing a petition filed by Kishore Kumar, a resident of Valasaravakkam, Chennai. In his petition, Kumar pleaded before the HC to ban the release of the upcoming Tamil film, claiming that he was the author of the script. The petitioner alleged that Arvind Swamy stole the script from him in 2018.

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Kishore Kumar’s lawyer argued in court that his client wanted to make a film, titled Jawa, and wanted to hire Arvind Swamy for the project. Hence, he had sent the script of the film to Swamy in 2018. However, after the release of Rendagam in Tamil and with the title Ottu in Malayalam, Kumar realized that the newly released film was based on the script of Java. The plaintiff further stated that he registered Jawa’s script with the South Indian Film Writers Association on November 19, 2018.

Recording the submissions, Judge C Saravanan passed an interim ban on Rendagam’s OTT publication. Moreover, the HC also ordered five people including the production house to deposit Rs 10 lakh each until October 10 before adjourning the hearing for the day.

Rendagam hit the big screen on September 23. It is produced by actor Arya’s production house. The film stars Eesha Rebba, Kunchacko Boban, Arvind Swamy, Aneesh Gopal and Siyad Yadu in key roles. Rendagam was originally scheduled to be released on September 2, but its release date was postponed due to a delay in receiving certification from the censorship board.

On its first day, Ottu garnered Rs 45 lakh at the box office while its Tamil version, Rendagam, earned Rs 15 lakh. Rendagam and Ottu failed to meet audience expectations and also received mixed reviews from critics.

After Rendagam, Arvind Swamy has a host of films including Sathuranga Vettai 2, Kallapart, Naragasooran and Pulanaivu in the works.

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