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Old 21-Jun-2010
'Raavanan' faces protests in Lanka, theatre torched

Colombo, June 20

A cinema hall planning to screen “Raavanan” was torched here amid protests against the film owing to it's star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and director Mani Ratnam's decision to stay away from the IIFA awards held in Sri Lanka.

An unidentified group in Eastern Sri Lanka has called on theatre owners in the country to boycott Tamil movies and the bilingual film, starring Abhishek Bachchan in the Hindi version and Vikran in Tamil, is the first victim.

The group had sent hand bills to cinema owners, saying that the boycott of the IIFA event by Indian artistes had brought disrepute to Sri Lanka and, therefore, retaliation was just and appropriate.

On Thursday, a day before the release of “Raavanan”, Shanthi cinema in Eastern Batticaloa, which was planning to screen the much-hyped film, was torched.

The hall's manager Kandasamy Murugesu said three people came to his theatre on Monday and told him he should not screen films from Tamil Nadu.

"I informed the Kattankudi police and three days later there was an arson attack," 'The Sunday Times' quoted him as saying. The manager said he would not bow to this threat and would screen films produced in Tamil Nadu and asked for police protection.

Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya, had given the glitzy event a miss, citing work commitments. — PTI


eh raavan da tamil remake hai

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