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Pro-Tamil Outfits Threaten Madras Cafe's Overseas Screening

Less than a week after its release, the Tamil version of controversial political thriller Madras Cafe was pulled from two theatres in overseas countries like Toronto, Canada and Montreal due to protests and poor ratings.

The movie, which was released across the world on August 23, is based on the Sri Lankan civil war and also shows the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Actor John Abraham, who has co-produced the film, also features as an Indian Army intelligence agent sent to Sri Lanka.

The film sparked protests across the world even before it got released as Tamil groups claimed that the film portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in poor light.

In Canada, the movie was released in six theatres in Surrey, Montreal and Toronto.

Though the company representing the film claimed that it was being pulled from theatres in Canada due to protests, spokeswoman for Cineplex Entertainment, Pat Marshall, said that it was being pulled from only two Toronto theatres screening the Tamil version, the Vancouver Desi reported.

"It's the way that our business works, it's our guests who decide what movies stay on the screen and what movies come off by buying the ticket," she was quoted as saying. (Inputs from IANS)

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