Minsara Kanna, when released in 1999, was one of the biggest hits then in Kollywood that year
Minsara Kanna, when released in 1999, was one of the biggest hits then in Kollywood that year

South Korean dark comedy thriller film, Parasite, created history this year by bagging multiple awards— including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film and the first-ever foreign-language release to win the Best Film award at the Oscars.

But it seems Tamil producer PL Thenappan, who holds the rights of the 1999 Vijay-starrer Minsara Kanna, claims that Bong Joon-Ho’s directorial is a plagiarized version of his film. The producer recently announced that he will sue the makers of Parasite and pursue a legal course of action against them.

The producer added that he will also claim compensation for stealing credit for his work.

Poster for South Korean film, Parasite
Poster for South Korean film, Parasite

“On Monday or Tuesday, I will be filing a case with the help of an international lawyer. They have taken the plot from my film. When they find out that some of our films have been inspired by their films, they file cases. Similarly, it is only fair for us to do the same,” said Thenappan while talking to an Indian publication.

Parasite is a dark comedy thriller that follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.

Tamil film Minsara Kanna revolves around a wealthy boy who decides to work for a businesswoman and employs every member of his family at the businesswoman’s house to succeed in love.

Although social media has refused to take the plagiarism claims seriously, Thenappan insisted he means business. He has, however, failed to file a case so far.

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