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Old 19-Aug-2013
Group demands ‘Madras Cafe’ be banned in Tamil

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

The private screening was attended by Tamil filmmaker and group chief, Seeman, and director R.K Selvamani among 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 said.

“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, Abraham 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 worldwide on August 23. The film was even dubbed in Tamil to be exclusively released in the state.

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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