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Kamal Hassan accused of plagiarism

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Sep 14, 2006 at 02:20pm IST

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Chennai: Controversy has stalked superstar Kamal Hassan everytime he has embarked on a new venture.

The latest confronting him is the charge of plagiarism of the story line of his new film Dasavatharam, in which he is playing as many as ten roles.

However, when contacted, Kamal Hassan said he was least worried about the charge. ''I have better things to do. I don't want to speak on it'', the actor retorted.

CONFRONTED BY CONTROVERSY: Controversy stalks Kamal Hassan everytime he embarks on a new venture.

In the latest controversy a person approached the police and lodged a complaint that the script of Kamal Hassan's Dasavatharam (meaning ten incarnations), is based on a story written by him and that he had given the script to the actor some time ago.

The man, who has warned of legal action against the actor, also claimed that Kamal accepted to consider the story for a possible film and make him the assistant director, if the project fructifies. But, he never heard anything from the actor.

However, jumping to Kamal's defence, a Tamil film industry source said, ''Such wild charges need to be ignored. Some person or the other has been doing it with an intention of drawing financial gains out of it.''

Kamal's present predicament is reminiscent of a similar charge, which a film of the thespian, late Sivaji Ganesan, Devamagan faced in 1969.

The film, which also entered for Oscars in

the foreign film category, survived a legal battle and turned out to be a box office hit.

Sivaji Ganesan's portrayal of father and two sons won great acclaim for the actor.

Kamal had first faced trouble over the title of his own directorial venture Virumandi, again over the title Vasool Raja MBBS, the remake of Munnabhai MBBS, and two years ago, a leading political party objected to the English title MumbaiXpress.

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