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Gouravam goes Vishwaroopam way; will Govt ban Prakash Raj's film?

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Prakash Raj's bilingual film Gouravam has landed in trouble with a community based in Chennai approaching the state government to ban the film. The film is going through similar kind of issues of Vishwaroopam, which was banned by the state government a few months ago fearing that the film would create law and order issues.

The 'Gounder' community in Tamil Nadu has urged the state government to ban Prakash Raj's Tamil-Telugu bilingual production venture Gouravam, contending that it feared the honour killing story may instigate communal disharmony. The film, which features debutant Allu Sirish and Yami Gautam in the leads, is directed by Radha Mohan. The film's tentative release date is April 19.

They have submitted a written petition to the Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam - avowedly representing the Gounder community and the neglected Kongu region of Tamil Nadu - which will in turn forward it to the state government.

"In the trailer of the film, released recently, a large group of non-Dalits are shown indulging in honour killing against inter-caste marriage in some part of Tamil Nadu," Manikandan Pongalur, president of Kongu Vellala Goundergal Peravai - a Gounder caste organisation - told IANS. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...

Gouravam Goes Vishwaroopam Way

Manikandan Pongalur, president of Kongu Vellala Goundergal Peravai - a Gounder caste organisation, claims, "We fear this may upset the sentiments of several communities in the state and pave way to communal violence."

Gouravam Goes Vishwaroopam Way

"We don't want communities to disturb the harmony in the state over a film and, therefore, have requested the state government to ban the release of the film through our written petition," he added.

Gouravam Goes Vishwaroopam Way

Prakash Raj has also acted in the film, which also features Nassar, Elango Kumaravel, Sricharan and Anupama Kumar in its cast. SS Thaman has composed the music of the film.

Gouravam Goes Vishwaroopam Way

Gouravam marks the debut of Allu Sirish, the son of leading Telugu producer Allu Aravind and the younger brother of youth sensation Allu Arjun.

Gouravam Goes Vishwaroopam Way

It may be recalled that Prakash Raj had actively supported Kamal Hassan during the Vishwaroopam crisis and had criticised the government's decision to ban the film.

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