Madras Cafe: No show in Tamil Nadu
Chennai: The Hindi and Tamil versions of John Abraham-starrer Madras Cafe were granted a U/A certificate for release, but the political thriller didn’t hit the screens on Friday as theatre owners refused to screen the film following protests by Tamil activists. The movie had received a green signal by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). But while bookings opened for all other Friday releases in multiplexes, Madras Cafe was not included. The decision to screen or not rests in the hands of individual theatres and multiplexes. A senior member of The Theatre Owners’ Association said, “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 protestors, then we can’t do anything.” 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 terrorist. Multiplexes fear that releasing the film could make matters worse. “We fear releasing the film might aggravate the ongoing protests,” a multiplex representative, on condition of anonymity, said.