A year without controversy in film industry is like a movie without masala ingredients. While some are intentionally created to get free publicity, some issues unexpectedly brew up and shock audience. We present you some of the controversial episodes (Only Major Stories) in 2013 in Tamil films.
One movie that created noise for wrong and also right reasons is none other Vishwaroopam. Kamal Hassan's dream venture ran into trouble when the actor announced his plans of releasing the film directly on DTH.
The powerful Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners' Association opposed the idea and threatened to boycott the movie if Kamal Hassan goes with his plan. Looking at the financial aspect, the Universal Star was forced to drop his plans. But this was not the end of woes for the movie as just before a few days of its release, the Tamil Nadu state government shockingly banned the film.
Acting upon a complaint filed by a minority group, the government banned Vishwaroopam in the state citing that the release of the film would create law and order issues. While the film was released in entire India and foreign countries after some initial hiccups, the Tamil flick did not release in its own territory for two weeks. After several rounds of talks, the ban was lifted on Vishwaroopam. However, upon release, the film went on to become a big hit.
With Vishwaroopam controversy episode fresh in the minds of audience, there was yet another biggie that faced a never-heard ban. Surprisingly, Vijay's Thalaivaa was the victim now. A few days before the release, some of the multiplexes received a bomb threat letter that forced theatres in the state to ban the movie for 10+ days. This time, the government denied its hand in banning.
The shocking part of the story is that neither the government nor any organisation demanded the ban. Audience were clueless about what was happening between the theatre owners and the makers of Thalaivaa. Later, it was said that there was pressure from a political party to remove the caption - Time To Lead - from the movie in order to have a release. Hence, the film was released after deleting the caption.
When Dhanush's Naiyaandi was expecting to have a smooth release with huge expectations, its female lead Nazriya Nazim dragged the film into trouble by alleging the director and producer of using a body double to shoot an intimate scene. She had complained that they shot the scenes without her permission. Later, the issue landed at the Chennai Commissioner's desk where she brought a communal angle to the story. But the issue was sorted out just before the release.
On Screen Comedian Turned Villain In Life?
Power Star Srinivasan is one actor in 2013 who has found a place in the hearts of Tamil audience. But his good name took a tolling when he was arrested on charges of cheating. He was arrested by Delhi Police for duping a Delhi-based businessman of Rs 5 crore on the pretext of facilitating a Rs 1,000 crore loan to his company. According to cops, he was the kingpin of an organised network of cheats who entice companies and individuals through local contacts on the pretext of giving loans.
Cheran's Family Drama In Public
A controversy broke out when Cheran opposed his daughter Damini's marriage with a boy named Chandru. She had filed a complaint against him citing that there was a threat to her beau's life from her father. Much was written and debated and the issue landed in the court. Finally, the controversy had a happy ending with Damini, who walked out of her home, reuniting with her parents.
When Anjali Went Missing
In April, Anjali shocked her fans when she came before media and claimed that her step mother and director Kalanjiyam were harassing her. Later, the actress went missing for a few days.
Madha Gaja Raja
Vishal's Madha Gaja Raja created a controversy when an NRI brought an injunction order to halt the release of the film. Prior to this development, the actor had acquired the movie from the original producer Gemini Film Circuit. The film directed by Sundar C sorted out the issue a few months ago, but the film is still in cold storage for some reasons.