Does ‘Varaha Roopam’ Resemble To ‘Navarasam’ As Thaikkudam Bridge Accuses ‘Kantara’ Makers Of Plagiarism Over Their Song?

Netizens were quick to point out the resemblance between the songs.

Directed by Rishab Shetty and produced by Vijay Kirgandur, Kantara (which refers to forest in Sanskrit) stars Sapthami Gowda, Kishore, Pramod Shetty, Prakash Thuminad and Achyuth Kumar in leading roles. It has been released into five languages, namely Kannada, Hindu, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam.

Audiences appreciated the film’s direction, screenplay, music and performances. It is a visual grandeur that energises the traditional culture of Kambla and Bhootha Kola. However, now it seems there is trouble coming in as Thaikkudam Bridge, a prominent Kerala-based band, accused the Kantara makers of plagiarism, over their song ‘Varaha Roopnam’ to their song called ‘Navarasam’, which was released five years ago.

“We would like our listeners to know that Thaikkudam Bridge is in 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. From our standpoint the line between ‘inspired’ and ‘plagiarised’ is distinct and indisputable and therefore, we will be seeking legal action against the creative team responsible for this. There has been no acknowledgement of our rights over the content and the song is propagated as an Original piece of work by the movie’s creative team (sic),” the band said in a statement.

Netizens were quick to point out the resemblance between the songs. One of the social media users said, “One comment read, “I had shared this same thing in my Instagram Stories as soon as I heard this song. In fact, for some people I know who’ve heard Navarasam a couple of times, and not a gazillion times like I have, thought that the movie has used the Navarasam song for its visuals, since it’s that is very similar. I really hope justice prevails and that you’re credited for the original piece of art you’ve created (sic).” Another user remarked, “As much as I loved that song, it felt like listening to a different version of Navarasam itself.”

Earlier, music composer Ajaneesh Loknath had cleared the air on it and said their music style was taken as inspiration. However, Katara’s was different from theirs. It was released on September 30, 2022 in theatres.

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