A day after Agnyaathavaasi released in movie theaters around the world, French director Jérôme Salle has claimed that after reviewing the film, he’s convinced that it is an unauthorized copy of his 2008 film The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch.
He tweeted, “Agnyaathavaasi was written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas (A Aa). As I understand it, Salle caught wind of Srinivas’ alleged brazen plagiarism after Agnyaathavaasi was completed, without having received authorization for the use of his story.”
The tweet also noted that Agnyaathavaasi’s domestic Indian distributor T-Series would have to come to a settlement with Salle regarding his Largo Winch. But Salle responded with his own tweet, suggesting: “I’m afraid a settlement with T-series will not be enough. It’s not only about India. The movie Agnyaathavaasi has been released worldwide yesterday.”
What happens next will depend on whether and how aggressively Salle and his backers on Largo Winch pursue legal remedies.