Madras Cafe: Passed by Censor Board, stopped by protesters

Chennai: Theatres have been permitted to screen both the Hindi and Tamil versions of John Abraham-starrer 'Madras Cafe', but the political thriller was shunned here fearing protests from Tamil activists.

The Shoojit Sircar directed film had received the green signal from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which gave the Tamil version a U/A certificate, but no bookings were done for the film in either multiplexes or single screen theatres.

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A senior member of The Theatre Owners' Association, told IANS: "The decision to release the film has been given to individual theatres. Since the government has not banned the film, the theatres are free to screen. But if they feel they might face the wrath of protesters, then we can't do anything."

Madras Cafe: Passed by Censor Board, stopped by protestors

The Shoojit Sircar directed film had received the green signal from the Central Board of Film Certification.

'Madras Cafe' is set against the Sri Lankan civil war and also depicts the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. It came under the scanner after Tamil activists alleged that it portrays the LTTE cadres as terrorists.

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"I haven't watched 'Madras Cafe', but I have been told that it is anti-Tamil. I don't know if that's true but if it is, then we should definitely not encourage its release in the state," Tamil actor Sathyaraj told reporters Friday at an audio launch.

Multiplexes fear that releasing the film could make matters worse.

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"We fear releasing the film might aggravate the ongoing protests. We don't want to risk it and, moreover, the decision to screen the film lies with each theatre," a multiplex representative, on condition of anonymity, told IANS.

Also featuring Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Ajay Rathnam and Leena Maria Paul, 'Madras Cafe' is a fictional story inspired by true events.


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