The Tamil version of John Abraham-starrer Madras Cafe is yet to get a clearance for release from the Central Board of Film Certification, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court was told on Wednesday (Aug 21). The Hindi version of the movie releases on Friday August 23.
"A Madurai bench Wednesday observed that the Tamil version should not be released without an appropriate certificate. The case has been posted to September 3," petitioner B Stalin told IANS.
Stalin, an advocate, had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on the film, alleging that it contained 'objectionable content' and might lead to law and order problems if released.
The film came under the scanner after Tamil activists alleged that it portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres as terrorists.
After attending a special preview of the Shoojit Sircar-directed film on Sunday, the objection against the film by the groups grew stronger.
Tamil filmmaker Seeman, head of Naam Tamizhar (We Tamils) group, said the film was 'nauseatingly anti-Tamil'.
In a related development, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Tamil Nadu unit chief Pon Radhakrishnan said the movie should not be released in any part of the country.
Also featuring Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Ajay Rathnam and Leena Maria Paul, Madras Cafe is a fictional story inspired by true events. Click here to view more photos of Madras Cafe...
It is set against the Sri Lankan civil war and also depicts the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.