Kantara Plagiarism Series: Thaikkudam Bridge is determined to make an example of the copyright infringement of the song “Varaha Roopam”.

Kerala-based music band Thaikkudam Bridge appear determined to make a statement against the issue of copyright infringement as they crack down on Hombale Films’ latest blockbuster Kantara. Earlier this week, the band accused the creators of Kantara of plagiarizing their song “Navarasam” for “Varaha Roopam.”

While the filmmakers are yet to officially respond to the allegations, Thaikkudam Bridge has announced that backend negotiations with the producers are ongoing. The band has also refused to accept the argument that the two songs are similar due to the use of similar ragas in “Navarasam” and “Varaha Roopam”.

“He (composer Ajaneesh Loknath) had to say something. If you just need to talk about the raga, the song begins in the same format as Navarasam. The next part is also the same. The chord and feel could have been changed. The hard part with Chanda and the groove is the same. The guitars come in. Everything sounds the same. Then how can you say it’s raga? Raga is the scale. I understand (that) as a musician,” Vivan Fernandez, a member of Thaikkudam Bridge Band, told The Cue.

“Someone who doesn’t know anything about raga or music, let him first listen to Navarasam we composed five years ago and then listen to the Kantara song, even he will see the resemblance,” he added.

Vivin also paused to explain the band’s handling of the matter. “Independent bands don’t have a bigger scene when it comes to things like that. And taking action against a film production is not an easy thing. I think as an independent band we want to make a mark. We’re fighting for something that we are,” he said.

Written and directed by Rishab Shetty, who also starred in the film, Kantara is fast becoming one of Indian cinema’s biggest critical and box-office hits this year.

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