After watching the special screening of John Abraham-starrer Bollywood movie, Madras Cafe in Chennai, volunteers of pro-Tamil outfits denounced the film as 'anti-Tamil' and vowed to not allow its screening in India.
Even as promos of the film started flooding the media early this month, pro-Tamil outfits like the Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) besides Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) alleged that the film was anti-Tamil.
While PMK chief Ramadoss wanted the state and central governments to ban the movie, others were warned of agitations. Actor-turned-politician Seeman led NTK alleged that the movie portrayed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its leader V Prabhakaran in bad light.
Although John Abraham later denied labelling anyone or group as terrorist in the film, it failed to cut ice with the groups. Subsequently, the producers came forward to arrange a special screening for those who had apprehensions about it.
After watching Madras Cafe, on August 18, in Chennai, Seeman said, "The aim of the movie is to portray Prabhakaran as a villain. We cannot accept the movie in any form. The heart of the film is anti-Tamil."
He has urged the film exhibitors not to screen the film. Tamil film director RK Selvamani said the film featured Malayalis as patriotic persons attempting to save a former Prime Minister.(Inputs from PTI)
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