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Madras Café : Tamil groups plan to oppose release in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Aug 19 (): The volunteers of pro-Tamil outfits have condemned John Abraham’s Madras Cafe as ‘anti-Tamil’ and vowed not to allow its screening, after watching a special screening of the movie on Sunday (August 18).

The pro-Tamil groups like the Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) alleged that Madras Café was anti-Tamil. After seeing the John Abraham-starrer ‘Madras Café’ on a special screening arranged by the makers of the film, the members of these groups vowed not to allow the release of the film in Tamil Nadu saying the film portrays LTTE cadres as terrorists.

The private screening was attended by Tamil film-maker and “Naam Tamilar Katchi” chief Seeman and director R.K Selvamani along with many others. Seeman said Madras Café portrayed the LTTE and its leader V Prabhakaran in bad light.

Also, PMK chief Ramadoss wanted the central and state governments to ban the movie, others warned of agitations.

LTTE leader Prabhakaran is Bhaskaran (played by Ajay Ratnam) in the film, whereas LTTE is referred to as LTF. Rajiv Gandhi is referred to as the young former prime minister. Though the producers of Madras Cafe have insisted the film has nothing to do with the Tamil Tigers, the connections are unmistakable.

Madras Café is a political thriller, which portrays the countdown leading up to the assassination by a group of instructed LTF cadres. The film clearly portrays the preparatory works that went into the assassination of a leader.

Seeman said that the actual aim of Madras Café was to portray Prabhakaran as a villain and they could not accept the movie in any form. The heart of the film is anti-Tamil. He has also urged the film exhibitors not to screen the film in Tamil Nadu.

Six months back, few Muslim groups objected to the release of Kamal Hassan’s Vishwaroopam; similarly, members of some Tamil nationalist organisations, who viewed the movie at a special screening here on Sunday are gearing up to challenge the release of Madras Café, dubbed in Tamil.