Netizens say Darshan’s 56th film Kaatera is a remake of Dhanush’s Film Karnan

As Challenging Star Darshan turned 46, the team of his upcoming next, #D56 revealed its title. However, the similarity in the posters of the two films is what triggered a new controversy.

Darshan’s 56th film Kaatera

The title of Darshan’s 56th film, directed by Tharun Kishore Sudhir and bankrolled by Rockline Entertainments, has been unveiled as Kaatera.


The makers shared the title along with the first look motion poster, on the occasion of the Challenging star’s birthday on February 16. This short clip has Darshan wielding a machete and a group of people with what appear to be farming tools, in the background. The year 1974 is also embossed in the backdrop, referring to the period the film is set in.

Copy of Tamil film?

As the motion poster became viral in no time, netizens began considering what it could mean and turned their attention to the poster. Some quickly pointed out that the image was very similar to the poster of Tamil star Dhanush’s 2021 film Karnan. In this film, Dhanush played a youth fighting for the rights of the people of his village.

“Its Official Now. #D56TitleReveal #Kaatera was Remake of #Karnan ( Dhanush’s tamil movie) are you really proud of this @TharunSudhir ?? Why bro . Literally heart broken,” wrote a fan in response to the title reveal.


Another added, “Chowka inspired by prison break. Robert inspired by tamil movie. Then now katera looks almost karnan such a heartbreak from #dboss.”

A third wrote, “Kaaṭera is remake of tamil movie karnan?? Naṅg ansiddu haṅgene background song kuda karnan taraane ide.”

No, it’s not a remake

Speaking about Dhanush’s film Karnan, the director Mari Selvaraj had earlier declared it was a fictional film. The movie talks about a small village in Tamil Nadu inhabited by people belonging to a lower caste. Karnan (Dhanush), a young man, is disgusted by the inhuman treatment given to his villagers and fights for their rights.


Meanwhile, Darshan’s Kaatera is an original film, based on true incidents that happened in Hampi way back. The poster gives us a clue of whether Darshan plays a double role as the year 1974 is shown behind Darshan.