"Please take legal action against him"
Anirudh Ravichander, the composer behind the track ‘Ordinary Person’ from the movie Leo, has caused quite a controversy.
The recent YouTube release stirred up quite a debate as several users accused the musician of plagiarising.
‘Ordinary Person’ is the song in question and many people claim it sounds very similar to ‘Where Are You’.
‘Where Are You’ is composed by the talented Belarusian artist, Otnicka, who is known for his tremendous work on the much-loved British show, Peaky Blinders.
As the ‘Ordinary Person’ lyric video gained more attention, the comments section quickly became a battleground of music lovers, debating the song’s striking similarities with ‘Where Are You?’.
One comment read:
“Raise a copyright claim for that Indian movie for that unauthorised usage of ‘Where Are You?’.
“Please take legal action against him.”
Diving deeper into the elements that Anirudh Ravichander supposedly plagiarised, one person tweeted:
“Anirud has ripped ‘Ordinary Person’ from Otnicka, a Bulgarian artist’s soundtrack.
“He has just added the lyrics over the track. And, looking at the comments here and credits in Leo, it seems no permissions were taken”
Listen to ‘Ordinary Person’:
Anirudh Ravichander is known for his great scores in Tamil and Indian cinema.
However, these accusations could potentially impact his career and future opportunities in the cinema industry.
As the claims grew louder, Otnicka himself stepped into the spotlight and addressed the situation.
Sharing his perspective on Instagram, the composer assured his fans that the matter is being looked into. His statement read:
“Guys, thanks for hundreds of your messages about the movie Leo.
“I can see everything, but it’s physically impossible to answer everyone.
“The mail is overflowing with messages, Instagram, as well as thousands of comments on YouTube under the video ‘Where Are You’.
“The situation is very unclear.”
“We are looking into this and a little later I will give an assessment of everything that is happening.
“But I’m not accusing anyone yet.”
Listen to ‘Where Are You?’:
What’s more, Otnicka revealed a rather surprising twist to the tale. He confessed to being entirely unaware of his composition’s inclusion in the Leo project.
As he responded to a curious fan’s comment, he explained:
“The label does not own the copyright and cannot grant a license without the artist’s knowledge. No one contacted me and the team.”
It’s a situation that has left more than a few raised eyebrows.
Meanwhile, on the other side of this musical tug-of-war, Anirudh Ravichander has yet to break his silence on the matter, leaving fans and critics alike eagerly awaiting his response.