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Another Tamil film faces community ire
By Nirmala Joseph January 29, 2013
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CHENNAI: Communal politics is threatening the release of yet another Tamil film.

A new film Aadi Bhagavan has courted controversy over its title, which, an advocate claimed, “has hurt the sentiments of the Hindus.”

Advocate Krishnamurthy has petitioned the Chennai city police commissioner seeking to stall the release of director Ameer’s film it has dialogue and scenes that hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

In the complaint, he claimed the title Aadhibhagavan had special significance in Hindu culture.

“Giving such a title for a movie had hurt the sentiments of Hindus,” he said, adding, the movie should be renamed. Krishnamurthy contended the movie had some scenes that showed Hindu temples and some castes in bad light.

“If the movie was allowed to be released, it would create social disharmony and also law and order issues in the state,” he said, adding, the film should be released only after it was screened before leaders of Hindu outfits and an NOC obtained from them.

Meanwhile, Producer of the movie J. Anbazhagan, who is also the DMK MLA, has tweeted on the issue: “People who complain against the film, will certainly watch the movie more than two times for the sake of its wonderful story.”

“The title was inspired by first couplet of Tirukkural — We are here to entertain everyone and not to hurt anyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, a court verdict is expected on megastar Kamal Hassan’s Viswaroopam which drawn protests from some Muslim outfits who allege that the film portrayed them in poor light.

When the petition filed by Rajkamal Films International, the production house of the actor challenging the two-week ban imposed by the Tamil Nadu government came up for hearing, Justice K. Venkataraman, who had viewed the film during a special screening on Jan.26 advised Kamal Hassan to hold talks with the government officials and resolve the issue amicably.

Contending that the country’s unity was paramount, the judge asked the actor to explore an amicable settlement by holding talks with the government officials in the wake of the ban.

Meanwhile, the actor, who arrived from US on Sunday morning, filed yet another petition before the High Court seeking a direction to the government to revoke the orders issued to all the district collectors to ban the film.

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