Protest against nation-wide screening of John Abraham starrer Madras Cafe is getting stronger day by day. In the latest development, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko has raised the voice against the movie in Chennai on August 19.
Vaiko alleged that Madras Cafe is portraying the Liberation of Tiger Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in bad light and requested the central government to impose ban on the movie.
"The Central government should ban the film, if screened, human rights organisations should protest against it in cities like Mumbai and Delhi," Vaiko said in a statement.
Madras Cafe is set against the backdrop of the late 80s and 90s in India and Sri Lanka, and traces the political and military histories of the two countries.
Talking about the protest from pro-Tamil activists, actor-producer John Abraham said, "I believe in the right of freedom of speech, and I won't fall prey to bullying tactics."
Madras Cafe crew organised a special preview show for the pro-Tamil outfits in Chennai on Sunday (August 18).
After watching the movie, Naam Thamizhar Katchi founder Seeman sought a ban on the movie saying that it was a film made to create enmity between Tamilians and Malayalis.
The movie has projected Malayalis in a good manner and Tamilians as villains. This will divide people.
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Actor Producer John Abraham
"I am allowed to exercise freedom of speech as it is a democratic country, and I won't accept these bullying tactics of groups and parties".
MDM Leader Vaiko
MDMK leader Vaiko requested Tamil Nadu government to impose ban on Madras Cafe and asked theatre owners not to screen the movie.
In July, Naaam Thamizhar Katchi founder, director Seeman alleged that Madras Cafe is funded by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Seeman was supported by Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) who says that the movie is anti-Tamil.
PMK Chief Ramadoss
Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) Chief, Ramadoss claimed that the aim of Madras Cafe is to portray LTTE chief Prabhakaran as a villain. No one can accept the movie in any form. The heart of the film is anti-Tamil.
John Abraham Said
In a press statement actor producer John Abraham has cleared that there was never an intention to promote Madras Cafe through negative publicity.
Madras Cafe Plot
Sources said that Madras Cafe plot is based on the events culminated in the assassination of India's ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
John Abraham Defended
During the Madras Cafe promotional event in Chennai, actor John Abraham had maintained that the film had not taken any side.
Madras Cafe Cast
Madras Cafe has John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in the lead roles, the flick is directed by Shoojit Sircar.