Recently Zee5, that produced the web series ‘Chadarangam’ a fictional story based on the political journey of late NTR, said it was going to produce another fictional tale on former Chief Ministers Chandrababu and YS Rajasekhar Reddy. According to reports, Raj, who directed ‘Chadarangam’, might be directing this political drama too. Now, director Deva Katta is warning these makers about copyrights issue if they go ahead with this script.
He alleges that he registered a similar script – a story of friendship between the two political stalwarts of Andhra Pradesh, who later turned into rivals – under the copyrights act in 2017. The director has issued a public statement informing everyone that his legal team will be closely monitoring this issue.
Deva Katta said, “In 2017, I have written a script paying homage to the iconic YSR/CBN political life imagining a fictional friendship/professional rivalry between them and registered it under the copyrights act. I have also registered multiple versions of this script since 2017 periodically. It’s definitely being hijacked by some people here over several “party talks” but I hope they limit their fiction to the public domain information and don’t invite any legal action by copying any of my registered themes!”
Deva Katta continued, “This script was first written as three-part film inspired by Godfather, which I later converted into a web series format. Our team has pitched this idea to some major OTT platforms and our legal folks are closely following up with this development.”
The filmmaker added that ‘the same person’ had earlier stolen the Chadarangam script from him. He said, “Earlier this same person stole another script I pitched directly and made a disaster out of it!! This time I won’t let him toil another exciting script out of sheer respect for YSR gaaru and CBN gaaru!!”
Sources who know both the stories have stated that maybe the makers of the original Godfather movies should file copyright cases on Telugu filmmakers for copying the story numerous times.
On the work front, Dev Katta is currently directing a social drama with Sai Dharam Tej in the lead. The actor will play an IAS officer in the film and is currently closely monitoring young IAS officers to get into the skin of the role.