By Subhash K Jha
Irrational protests notwithstanding, the Tamil version of Madras Café is all set to be released on Sunday. But only in Andhra Pradesh and not in Tamil Nadu.
Says director Shoojit Sircar, “It has been a very tense week for John Abraham and I. We didn’t know what hit us, or what the protests meant. But we were sure we won’t succumb to pressure tactics.”
The Tamil version took time to be censored. “And it’s our fault.We decided to do a Tamil version of the film a little late. So the Tamil Madras Café was submitted late. Never mind. The CBFC (Censor Board of Film Certification) has cleared the Tamil version without any cuts with a ‘UA’ certificate. That means the Tamil Nadu authorities find nothing objectionable in the film. So the protestors in Tamil Nadu are now treading on thin ice. Those in Tamil Nadu who have seen the Hindi version of Madras Café say there is nothing objectionable in it.”
However Ajit Andhare, COO of Viacom 18, the co-producers of Madras Café, throws a shocker by saying, “Given the threats and protests, it is unlikely that we’ll be able to release the Tamil version of Madras Café in the near future. The theatre chains in Tamil Nadu feel it is risky to play it. So we are releasing the Tamil version in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.”