Many on the internet were quick to note the similarities between Leo's Ordinary Person and Where Are You from Netflix's hit drama series Peaky Blinders.
The release of the lyrical video for the song Ordinary Person from Thalapathy Vijay's recent film Leo has sparked controversies, with composer Anirudh Ravichander facing allegations of plagiarism.
Many on the internet were quick to note the similarities between Ordinary Person and Where Are You from Netflix's hit drama series Peaky Blinders. The show's composer Otnicka seems to be overwhelmed by hundreds of messages on his social media pages from concerned fans about the similarities between the two tracks.
Otnicka took to his Instagram page on Tuesday to express his gratitude to his fans. He also noted that his team was looking into the matter, suggesting he will reserve his further comments till he gains clarity on the matter.
"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," Otnicka wrote on his Instagram page.
For untrained ears, the beats in Ordinary Person from Leo and Where Are You from Peaky Blinders may become difficult to tell from one to the other. However, it's too early to make defensive comments about whether or not Anirudh has made his composition by drawing inspiration from Otnicka's aforementioned work.
Anirudh is also yet to officially react to the controversy.
The Ordinary Person track plays at the very beginning of the movie. The melody with relaxed beats marked a departure from the high-energy, hero-introduction songs seen in Tamil films. It paints a very compelling image of a protagonist, who's living a mundane suburban life, with lyrics like "I am just an ordinary person. I am just a peace-loving soul" and "I don't want the crown."
Written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, Leo is making headlines worldwide as it continues to outperform trade expectations in terms of box office collections. Within five days of its release, Leo is expected to have crossed over Rs 400 in global receipts.