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MUMBAI: After Tamil Nadu, the just released film Madras Cafe about the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict and India’s involvement it, has also been pulled out from Canada and London after protests by Tamil groups.
Though the film has been cleared by the Indian censor board, protests have erupted in Tamil Nadu as various Tamil groups say the film depicts the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization. They have vowed not to allow its screening in the state.
Even the Tamil version of the film is being released only in Andhra Pradesh.
“Our UK exhibitors, Cineworld, decided to hold back the film after protesters gathered outside their UK offices,’’ AFP quoted Rudrarup Datta, marketing head of Viacom18 Motion Pictures, as saying.
“Exhibitors do not want to take a risk and withdrawing screenings of the film is their prerogative,’’ Datta was quoted as saying. There has no word from any Tamil organization in Canada on the film yet.
The political thriller, which has got good reviews, centres on the Sri Lankan events of the 1980s and 1990s, India’s involvement on it and the killing of the former Indian Prime Minster Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.