Ilaiyaraaja issues legal notice to team Manjummel Boys

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By South First desk

May 23, 2024

The Rajya Sabha MP recently took legal action against team Manjummel Boys for "illegally" exploiting the song "Kanmani Anbodu" without his consent.

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Ilaiyaraaja has asked that producers either get his formal authorisation to use the song in the film or remove it completely.

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Manjummel Boys, a film directed by Chidambaram, is based on a true story of friends saving a friend who falls into a chasm in the Guna Caves in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.

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Manjummel Boys was a commercial success, grossing over ₹200 crore at the box office globally.

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A significant factor of the film's success may be ascribed to its exceptional run in Tamil Nadu, where it has made over ₹50 crore.

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Manjummel Boys' inventive homage to Gunaa—especially the incorporation of Ilaiyaraaja's famous song from the Kamal Haasan film—added to the film's advantage.

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According to the producer of the Manjummel Boys, they had paid for the rights to use the song in their film.

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However, Ilaiyaraaja's notice made it clear that the composer is the original owner of all of his works, and as such, he is entitled to all rights, including moral ones.

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