South Indian blockbuster Kantara accused of ripping off music band Thaikkudam Bridge’s song
Hit Indian movie Kantara has been accused of plagiarism by popular music band Thaikkudam Bridge, which has alleged that the song Varaha Roopam from the film is a copy of its song Navarasam with its identical melody and chords.
The band took to social media to express their frustration.
It shared the album cover of their music alongside the poster of Varaha Roopam on Instagram to inform their fans and listeners that the band “is no way or form affiliated with Kantara. The unavoidable similarities between our IP “Navarasam” and “Varaha Roopam” in terms of audio is therefore a blatant infringement of copyright laws.”
Navarasam was originally released in January 2017 by Thaikkudam Bridge on YouTube.
They called the line between inspiration and plagiarism “distinct and indisputable” and would take “legal action against the creative team responsible for this.”
The band claims that its ownership of the song has not been acknowledged, and it is being promoted by the film's creative team as an original composition.
“We request the support of our listeners and encourage you to spread the word about the same. Also, request our fellow artists to share and raise your views protecting music copyright,” the post concluded.
The comment section is a brawl between supporters from both sides, with sporadic entries encouraging reflection and giving praise.
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