Kalki 2898 AD Accused Of ‘Plagiarism’ By Hollywood Concept Artist

After South Korean artist Sung Choi, Hollywood concept artist Oliver Beck has now accused 'Kalki 2898 AD' of plagiarism.

The creators of the Prabhas-starring film “Kalki 2898 AD” found themselves embroiled in legal controversy as Hollywood concept artists Oliver Beck and Sung Choi accused them of plagiarism. Both artists have publicly aired their grievances on X (formerly Twitter), alleging serious misconduct against the makers of the movie.

In an interview with Indian Express, Oliver stated that the creators of Kalki 2898 AD had initially approached him for a collaboration on the film. However, due to certain reasons, they were unable to proceed with the partnership. Oliver went on to express his surprise upon seeing the trailer released on June 10, noting striking similarities between its content and his previous work.

Talking about plagiarism Oliver said, “It might be difficult to see the plagiarism when you are not an artist. You might not see it immediately but all my artist friends that I have talked to and the artist community are very clear that this was referenced from my work and you can see clearly that the main takeaways are the color palettes, it is the same, and also the shapes. It is not an exact copy but the shapes are similar. It is too much of a coincidence because they also contacted me to work on this film. So, they know my portfolio and they have seen my work so it is too much of a coincidence,”

Talking about taking “legal action” against the film the concept artist stated, “Legal recourse is challenging for me because there isn’t direct copying of my artwork. Legal action typically requires very evident plagiarism, such as in Sung Choi’s case where the work was practically copy-pasted,”

Directed by Nag Ashwin, Kalki 2898 AD is highly anticipated, featuring Prabhas, Deepika Padukone, Kamal Haasan, and Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles.

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