Tamil activist group wants a ban on ‘Madras Café’

‘Madras Café’ is an upcoming Hindi movie and is a political spy film. The movie casts John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in the lead roles. The movie is in the back drop of Sri Lankan civil wars of 1990’s. The movie is scheduled for August 23rd release.

A Tamil activist group, ‘Naam Thamizhar’ has requested the Tamil government to put a ban on the movie as they allege that the movie shows Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a bad light.

Actor and producer of this movie, John Abraham has stood against this allegation. He said that he was ready to show a preview of the movie to prove the allegations of the Tamil outfits as false.

John Abraham was in Chennai on Monday to release the trailer of the movie.

In an interview with the reporters, John said, "We have not called anyone 'terrorists' in the film. We haven't taken sides... This film doesn't take any sides. We probably will show them (those opposing the film) the film.”

He further said, “The film is not biased and is based on facts and actual situations.”

John told reporters that Pro Tamil outfit 'Naam Thamizhar' founder Seeman, wanted to watch the movie before its actual release. He also said that Seeman wants a ban on the movie.

John said, “If someone wants to take a political mileage out of it, I can't stop that. A lot of research has gone into the making of the film and it is unbiased. We have not taken any sides.”

John also told that he was keen on releasing the movie in Sri Lanka. He was in talks with the distributors of that country. John said, “We are talking to distributors in Sri Lanka for the release of the film there."

Reporters also had an interview with Seeman. He said, “Let them show us the preview before the release or else we will not only protest in front of all the cinema halls but also buy all tickets and shout slogans inside the movie halls not letting others watch it.”

He was asked why he felt that the movie was biased against their group, he said, “We initially were alerted by some inputs about the movie, which was further confirmed by the actor's meeting with Lankan President Rajapaksa.”

Censor Board has given a U/A certificate to this movie. The director of the movie, Shoojit Sircar said, “I am happy that the Censor Board has passed our film without any cuts giving it a U/A certificate. This is a very special film for us and I am glad the audiences will get to experience this political thriller soon.”