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Pro-Tamil Outfits Threaten Madras Cafe's Overseas Screening

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Less than a week after its release, the Tamil version of controversial political thriller Madras Cafe was pulled from two theatres in overseas countries like Toronto, Canada and Montreal due to protests and poor ratings.

The movie, which was released across the world on August 23, is based on the Sri Lankan civil war and also shows the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Actor John Abraham, who has co-produced the film, also features as an Indian Army intelligence agent sent to Sri Lanka.

The film sparked protests across the world even before it got released as Tamil groups claimed that the film portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in poor light.

In Canada, the movie was released in six theatres in Surrey, Montreal and Toronto.

Though the company representing the film claimed that it was being pulled from theatres in Canada due to protests, spokeswoman for Cineplex Entertainment, Pat Marshall, said that it was being pulled from only two Toronto theatres screening the Tamil version, the Vancouver Desi reported.

"It's the way that our business works, it's our guests who decide what movies stay on the screen and what movies come off by buying the ticket," she was quoted as saying. (Inputs from IANS)

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Overseas Performance

Madras Cafe was received well in four of the six theatres screening the Hindi version, while the two Toronto theatres screening the Tamil version could not work.

Tamil Version's Screening Stalled

Out of six locations, Tamil versions will come off, but the other four will continue on because they've done well.

Protest In Overseas Countries

A group of around 50 people protested outside Toronto's Eglinton Town Centre theatre, on August 28.

Cast And Crew

The movie, directed by Shoojit Sircar, also features Nargis Fakhri, Ajay Rathnam and Leena Maria Paul.

Madras Cafe In Britain

Though India's Central Board of Film Certification had passed the film, it has been pulled from some theatres in Britain, and in Chennai in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.


Initially, Madras Cafe was opposed from the pro Tamil outfits, who claimed that movie is anti-Tamils.

Court Order

Madurai High court halted the movie release in Tamil Nadu and claimed that it disturbs the Law and Order in the state.

Tamil Version

On August 21, Tamil version of Madras Cafe is certified U/A by Central Board of Film Certification.

Protest In Tamil Nadu

The pro-Tamil outfits like Naam Tamizhar, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Pattali Makkala Patchi and Tamil Nadu BJP leaders had opposed the movie release in the state.

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