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
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
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Madras Cafe was received well in four of the six
theatres screening the Hindi version, while the two Toronto
theatres screening the Tamil version could not work.
Tamil Version's Screening Stalled
Out of six locations, Tamil versions will come off, but the
other four will continue on because they've done well.
Protest In Overseas Countries
A group of around 50 people protested outside Toronto's Eglinton
Town Centre theatre, on August 28.
Cast And Crew
The movie, directed by Shoojit Sircar, also features Nargis
Fakhri, Ajay Rathnam and Leena Maria Paul.
Madras Cafe In Britain
Though India's Central Board of Film Certification had passed
the film, it has been pulled from some theatres in Britain, and in
Chennai in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Initially, Madras Cafe was opposed from the pro Tamil
outfits, who claimed that movie is anti-Tamils.
Madurai High court halted the movie release in Tamil Nadu and
claimed that it disturbs the Law and Order in the state.
On August 21, Tamil version of Madras Cafe is certified
U/A by Central Board of Film Certification.
Protest In Tamil Nadu
The pro-Tamil outfits like Naam Tamizhar, Marumalarchi Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam, Pattali Makkala Patchi and Tamil Nadu BJP
leaders had opposed the movie release in the state.