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MUMBAI: Protesters staged a demonstration against John Abraham- starrer ‘Madras Cafe’ during the release of its music in Chennai.
This political spy thriller, produced by John Abraham, revolves around the events of the 1990s in Sri Lanka and India. The film has offended some Tamil sections who say it indirectly makes references to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Protesters belonging to `Naam Thamizhar’ staged the protest at the music launch, with its founder Seeman threatening that they won’t allow the film to be screened in Tamil Nadu. Police intervened to control the protesters.
`Naam Thamizhar’ has already asked the Jayalalithaa government to ban the film even as producer John Abraham has said that it has nothing to do with the LTTE.
John says the Tamil audiences will like the film and he has sought permission from the Sri Lankan government to let Madras Cafe be screened in the island nation.
As a producer, it is John’s second film after the successful Vicky Donor- which deals with the unconventional subject of sperm donation and infertility.
A source close to John was quoted as saying that he was expecting the reaction.
“He (John) is going all out to explain that the film won’t harm anybody’s sentiments. That isn’t his intention or the message that the film sends across,” the source was quoted as saying in the media.
“From Vicky Donor to Madras Café, John has explored subjects that are poles apart in terms of content and script. Acting in a masala film is fine but John won’t make a film that sends out the wrong message. The intention is to follow the new age genre of cinema.’’