By: Settu Shankar
Thursday, March 22, 2007
EVKS Ilangovan, the union Minister of State and grand son of Periyar also strongly criticized the film on various grounds. According to him, the Director has given much importance to the character Maniyammai only. ''But it was Nagammai, the first wife of Periyar only who did a lot for the society along with the leader. She participated in the Vaikam agitation, protested against toddy shops etc... Burt these facts are totally thrown to the winds by the director. There were no scenes about Kannamma, another wife of Periyar. She was also a great warrior against the evils prevalent in the society then. Another important thing is what amount for the film has been taken by Veeramani? If he wants to show Periyars life to the present generation, he should have allowed all the facts about Periyar's life to be shown in the movie. But I doubt that he made this film to satisfy somebody. This is very wrong. And also, I came to know that Veeramani is collecting huge sums of money in the name of a Periyar film. Since the government has provided such a huge fund for the movie already, there is no need for further collection. Veeramani should submit the details of all financial transactions regarding this movie. Otherwise I will interfere in this issue. I have all the rights to interfere in matters related to Periyar...' Ilangovan says emotionally.
Radha Ravi, popular actor and son of late Nadigavel M.R.Radha also expressed his dissatisfaction over the film. He alleged that the Director has omitted the association of M.R.Radha with Periyar. The release date of the film has been postponed 3 times. Finally the producers declared that the film will be released on 30th March. One can expect a full-fledged war of words after the release of Periyar.