Ranveer Singh and renowned filmmaker Shankar are teaming up for the first time on the Hindi remake of the Tamil film Anniyan (2005). Directed by Shankar himself, psychological action thriller film starred Vikram in the lead. A day after the Hindi remake was announced, Anniyan's producer V Ravichandran has sent a legal notice to Shankar. According to V Ravichandran, Shankar has indulged in 'unlawful acts'. Apart from the legal notice, Ravichandran sent a letter in which he claimed that he owns the sole right to the story of Anniyan as its producer.
In the letter directed to Shankar, Ravichandran wrote, "I am utterly shocked to know, that, you are likely to undertake the Direction of a Hindi film by adopting the story of the movie Anniyan. You are well aware of the fact that, I am the Producer of the said movie Anniyan. The entire story rights was purchased by me from the writer Sujatha (alias late Rangarajan) for which full payment was done by me to him and necessary records are also available. I am the whole and sole owner of the rights of the storyline. As such, any such adoption or remaking or copying the main plot of the said movie, without my permission, is totally illegal."
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Ravichandran highlighted how he helped Shankar to bounce back from the commercial failure of Boys (2003). "Further I wish to remind you that after the not so successful film namely ‘BOYS’ directed by you, you were under severe stress due to dented image. Still I have provided you the opportunity to Direct the film Anniyan, after which you have regained the lost ground, only because of my support. It is a sorry state of affairs that you have conveniently forgotten the same and without even informing me, you have tried to reap the accolades of my successful movie ‘Anniyan’ by associating yourself and adaptation of Hindi version of the same. I am sure you always maintain certain ethical values, hence I wonder how can you stoop to a low level by resorting to such unlawful acts."
The producer further advised Shankar to 'immediately stop proceeding any further on the same.'
Announcing the Hindi remake of Anniyan, Shankar, on Instagram, wrote, "In this moment, no one will be happier than me, bringing back the larger than life cinematic experience with @ranveersingh in the official adaptation of cult blockbuster Anniyan."