While Baahubali is setting Tamil Nadu box office on fire, some unknown miscreants in Madurai have apparently taken up the responsibility of returning the favour, quite literally, by hurling petrol bombs at a local theatre named Tamil.
Like most of the theatres across India, Tamil has been successfully screening Baahubali since its release and has also been minting money, thanks to the mountainous success of the film.
But the last couple of days, serenity surrounding the theatre suffered a great deal as a group identifying themselves as 'Tamil Tigers' were staging a protest against the film and its makers.
It was reported that the group was trying to justify their fulmination by claiming that Baahubali portrays Tamilians and a certain caste called 'Arunthathiyar' in a bad light.
The theatre was however going about its business of showcasing the cinema without paying much of a heed to the ongoing protest. But today, office-bearers of the theatre were forced to halt the shows.
Petrol bombs were directed at the theatre early in the morning today, disrupting its regular routine. Shows were immediately cancelled and the police department was notified at once.
While nobody was harmed, cops are trying to figure out if the group Tamil Tigers has anything to do with this attack which was clearly aimed at bringing the theatre to a halt.
Check out the slides below to learn about similar protests in the recent past:
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Claiming that the movie if released will lead to unwanted clashes between two caste communities in the southern districts of the state, the leader of a political party had filed a petition against the release of this Karthi starrer.
Uttama Villain's Villain
A religious organization called Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) had seeked a ban on Kamal Haasan's Uttama Villain claiming that the film might hurt their religious sentiments.
Vishwaroopam Stalled Before Its Release
Many Muslim groups protested against the release of this Kamal Haasan starrer claiming that the movie portrayed them in bad light. Kamal Haasan even went to the extent of threatening to exit the country as his movies are often targeted.