South Korean film Parasite, directed by Bong Joon Ho, created history at the Oscars after it won four major awards – Best Screenplay, Best Foreign Film, Best Director and Best Picture. While the world has been celebrating this epic moment, fans of Tamil actor Vijay are convinced that Bong Joon Ho’s film is inspired by Minsara Kanna.
Now, producer PL Thenappan, who now holds the rights to the Tamil film, told The News Minute that he will be filing a case seeking compensation from the makers of Parasite.
“With the help of an international lawyer, I will be filing a case against the makers of Parasite. They have lifted the plot from my film Minsara Kanna. When they find out that some of our films have been inspired by their films, they file cases so we can also do that,” Thenappan told the publication.
The director of Minsara Kanna, KS Ravikumar also said that he is happy that his film has received international recognition. “Even though Minsara Kanna served as an inspiration, I am happy that Parasite has received an Oscar. As for filing a case, the decision rests on the producer,” he said.
Some time back, social media was full of comparisons between the two films. Take a look at the tweets:
@khushsundar Today parasite movie got 4 oscar awards but after watching the movie I came to know the plot of the story which was taken from Minsara kanna. In minsara kanna all the family was employed for love help& the same here parasite all the family were employed for survival.
— Rajeshkannan (@rajesh7) February 10, 2020
How is ks ravi kumar related to parasite movie bro?
— Iruvarᴹᵃˢᵗᵉʳ👬👬🔥 (@AshokS72366786) February 10, 2020
So many thoughts running the head.. just finished watching #Parasite..Got me thinking about another movie I saw few months back – #Shoplifters… Both very good movies, similar yet different.. #aarootales
— Aarti 🐾 (@talesfromaaroo) February 9, 2020
— Karthick Shivaraman™ (@Iskarthi) February 10, 2020
Both the films, however, are starkly different. Minsara Kanna revolves around a wealthy boy (Vijay), who works as a soloist at the home of a businesswoman (Khushbu). Subsequently, he employs every member of his family at the businesswoman’s house. Vijay does this job to succeed in love, and the film, which was directed by KS Ravikumar, had received average reviews.
The premise of the boy’s family working undercover in the girl’s house has been a popular trope in the 80s. Kamal Haasan’s Kadhala Kadhala has a similar story, as do a lot of Telugu films and even the Malayalam movie Odurathaman.
Parasite is a black comedy thriller film about a family of four that is struggling to make ends meet when the son Ki-woo is recommended by his friend, a student at a prestigious university, for a well-paid tutoring job, spawning hopes of a regular income. With the weight of financial expectations on his shoulders, Ki-woo shows up for the interview and gets the job. But as his fate crosses paths with the family of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, a string of unusual events begins to unfold.