Naam Tamizhar won't allow release of 'Madras Cafe' in Tamil Nadu

After attending the special screening of John Abraham-starrer "Madras Cafe" here Sunday, members of Tamil activist group Naam Tamizhar vowed not the allow the film's release in Tamil Nadu contending it portrays LTTE cadres as terror

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After attending the special screening of John Abraham-starrer "Madras Cafe" here Sunday, members of Tamil activist group Naam Tamizhar vowed not the allow the film's release in Tamil Nadu contending it portrays LTTE cadres as terrorists.

The private screening was attended by Tamil filmmaker and group chief Seeman and director R.K Selvamani along with many others.

"The film tries to portray late Prabhakaran, LTTE chief, as a terrorist. We don't appreciate it and request the distributors to not screen the film in the state. The sentiment of the film is anti-Tamil and we don't agree with it," Seeman told IANS.

"We wouldn't be bothered if our Sri Lankan brothers were not portrayed in a bad light. Prabhakaran sacrificed his life fighting for Sri Lankan Tamils. How can a film possibly portray him as a terrorist?" he asked.

"Madras Cafe" earned the wrath of pro-Tamil groups when its trailer was released in July.

However, speaking at an event recently here, John said: "My film doesn't take any sides. It doesn't portray anybody as terrorists."

Directed by Shoojit Sircar, "Madras Cafe" is slated to release Aug 23 worldwide. The film was even dubbed in Tamil to be exclusively released in Tamil Nadu.

The film, which also features Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna and Leena Maria, deals with terrorism and civil war and was reportedly shot in Sri Lanka and India.


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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 8:51amwhitewitch

    there are many versions of 1991 rajiv gandhi assination. madras cafe is newest version. being an indian i m proud of what indian army acheived against Ltte. but being tamizan i feel simpaty to those who died brutely in elam wars.
    Accoding people tn prabakaran was a person who fought for freedom tamils in lanka. india and srilanka may be different countries but one thing is bonding them all a language called tamil.
    i dont want to judge film before seeing it but still plz value all opioion

  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 3:01amkavmuks

    Kudos to John who has refused to make changes..for protestors sake as a producer this is a tough decsion.. where all biggies go to any length to please political protets so that their films go all over and enter the infamous 100 Cr. . when they make a film with conivction people whould see it as it is ..

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 12:12ammiss_bennet

    Ooh why am I not surprised?

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 12:02amSudhaSangeet

    Dont come by surprise...Madras Cafe won be allowed in TN...despite of High court giving a 'YES'

    I hope there are no problems releasing it all over India...waiting eagerly for it

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