Kalki 2898 AD makers accused of plagiarism, Hollywood film designer claims the work is 10 years old

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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The trailer of famous director Nag Ashwin's dystopian science-fiction action film 'Kalki 2898 AD' was released on Monday. After the release of the trailer, the audience saw many similarities between Kalki's post-apocalypse world and Hollywood films like 'Dune' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Despite the delay in the film, Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kamal Haasan and Disha Patani's 'Kalki' is going to be released in theaters on June 27. Meanwhile, a South Korean designer Sung Choi has accused the makers of the film of fraud. He has worked with Marvel Studios, Disney and Warner Bros. and he has accused the makers of 'Kalki 2898 AD' of copying his artwork. Sharing a collage of his art and the film's trailer on social media, Sung Choi wrote, 'Misusing artwork is a wrong practice @Kalki2898AD @VyjayanthiFilms #kalki2898ad.' The artwork featured in the post was published on his website ArtStation ten years ago.

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The people supported Sung Choi

Following Sung Choi's criticism, netizens supported him and condemned the production house. A user commented on Instagram, “I hope you take legal action if possible. This is horrible.” One said, “The entire trailer shows glimpses of Epoch, Mad Max, Dune and other films. Many designs in the trailer are also taken from the Halo series and Death Stranding. I don't know how some of the concept designers who worked on the film can remain silent.” One added, “This is embarrassing and disappointing. They simply copied 10-year-old artwork and pasted it on the first frame of the trailer. Even the weapons and other items seem to be directly 'inspired' by several games and films.”

Prabhas's film accused of plagiarism

This is not the first time that a Prabhas film has been accused of plagiarism. In 2023, an animation studio, Vanarsena, claimed that the poster of Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan's 'Adipurush' copied their work. The studio shared a collage of the poster of 'Adipurush' and the original artwork of Lord Shiva on Instagram and sought credit. Vivek Ram, an artist from Vanarsena Studio, also openly criticized the copying on LinkedIn.

Release date of 'Kalki 2898 A.D.'

Kalki 2898 AD stars Kamal Haasan, Prabhas, Deepika Padukone and Disha Patani. The mythologically inspired film is directed by Nag Ashwin. Ashwini Dutt's 'Kalki 2898 AD' will release on June 27 in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

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