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‘Leo’ Enjoys Box Office Triumph Amid Music Controversy

With their most recent motion picture, "Leo," the powerful team of Thalapathy Vijay and director Lokesh Kanagaraj has captured the attention of audiences all over the world. In just four days after its premiere, the movie brought in more than Rs 400 crore at the box office worldwide—a truly amazing feat. However, its success isn't entirely attributable to the film's gripping plot and superb acting. A large portion of the praise is due to composer Anirudh Ravichander, whose songs and background music have received a great deal of praise for their skill.
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The formidable combination of Thalapathy Vijay and director Lokesh Kanagaraj has taken the world by storm with their latest cinematic venture, ‘Leo.’ In a truly remarkable achievement, the film achieved a global box office collection exceeding Rs 400 crore in just four days following its release. Yet, this triumph isn’t solely due to the film’s compelling storyline and exceptional performances. Much of the credit goes to the musical wizardry of composer Anirudh Ravichander, whose background music and songs have been met with widespread acclaim.

Stirring Up Controversy: ‘Ordinary Person’ Song from Leo

On October 23, Anirudh Ravichander, along with the ‘Leo’ production team, unveiled a new song titled ‘Ordinary Person’ on YouTube. This musical offering garnered enthusiastic applause from fans and listeners eager to delve into its harmonious depths. However, this release did not emerge unscathed from controversy. Keen-eared listeners swiftly recognized a distinct similarity between ‘Ordinary Person’ and ‘I’m not outsider,’ a song by artist Otnicka that features in the immensely popular television series ‘Peaky Blinders.’

A Deeper Dive into the ‘Peaky Blinders’ Connection

The ‘Ordinary Person’ Song Raises Eyebrows

In the aftermath of the song’s release, a growing wave of controversy washed over the music scene, prompting numerous listeners and fans to express their concerns. As they dissected the uncanny resemblance between ‘Ordinary Person’ and ‘I’m not outsider,’ a storm of discussions erupted in the music sphere. The recurring question: Was this a mere coincidence or a deliberate act of replication?

Otnicka Addresses the Controversy

In response to the burgeoning controversy and the influx of messages, comments, and queries from concerned fans, artist Otnicka chose to step into the limelight. Through a post on Instagram, he conveyed his gratitude for the overwhelming support and acknowledged the immense interest the situation had generated. However, he also underscored the enigmatic nature of the situation, stating, “The situation is very unclear. We are looking into this, and a little later, I will give an assessment of everything that is happening.”

Unveiling the Mystery: Lack of Prior Awareness

Otnicka’s replies to curious and perturbed fans unveiled a surprising revelation. He admitted that he had been completely unaware of the use of his song in ‘Leo.’ In his response, he shed light on a pivotal aspect of the matter, stating, “The label does not own the copyright and cannot grant a license without the artist’s knowledge. No one contacted me and the team.”

Anirudh’s Admiration for ‘Peaky Blinders’

Anirudh Ravichander, the talented composer at the center of this musical whirlwind, had previously declared his admiration for ‘Peaky Blinders.’ The fact that Anirudh is a known fan of the series fueled speculations and conversations around the song’s inspiration. Devotees of the composer rallied to his defense, emphasizing that ‘Ordinary Person’ was inspired by ‘Peaky Blinders’ rather than a mere replication.

Awaiting Resolutions and Revelations

The ongoing controversy continues to captivate fans, music enthusiasts, and industry observers alike. As the world eagerly anticipates updates and insights into this intriguing situation, ‘Leo’ marches on with its phenomenal success at the box office. Beyond its monetary triumph, the film’s impact on the realms of music and entertainment unfolds as a sensation, sparking discussions and debates that extend far beyond the silver screen.

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