Thursday, June 27, 2013

PIL seeks ban on film with inter-caste love story

Seeking a ban on the screening of Tamil movie 'Annakodi' produced by Bharathiraja, a petition has been filed before the Madurai bench of the Madras high court.

The petition, filed by Thevar Pasarai Iyakkam president A K Ragupathy said that since the film was a love story between a thevar girl and a dalit boy, it may create communal clashes between groups.

The petitioner stated that though the contents of the film were against Section 5B (Principles for guidance in certifying films) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, the Central Board of Film Certification certified the film and granted permission for its screening.

Seeking a ban on screening the movie in southern Tamil Nadu, a representation was sent to the concerned authorities on June 22, but no action was taken by them, the petitioner said. Hence, he filed the petition.

When the issue came up before Justice N Kirubakaran on Wednesday, the judge asked the petitioner's counsel R Maheswaran whether he had seen the movie. To this, the court was told no.

Following it, the judge said that without seeing the movie, how can the petitioner presume that the movie will disturb communal balance?

Following it, the matter was posted to Friday.

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