M Karunanidhi flays stalling of Vijay-starrer Tamil film

Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi today disapproved of the stalling of the Tamil film `Thalaiva,` starring Vijay, which missed its release date in the backdrop of some threats received by some theatres in the city.

Observing that what happened to actor Kamal Haasan`s `Viswaroopam` a few months ago was now happening to `Thalaiva,` Karunanidhi said in a statement here these things would not augur well for a democracy.

The movie, slated for the release yesterday, hit a block in the last minute following objections by a man called Karnan, who claimed the story line was based on the life of his grandfather S S Kandaswamy and his father S K Ramaswamy, who lived in Dharavi in Mumbai.

Karnan has moved a city court seeking a stay on the release and the petition has been posted to August 14.

Besides the litigation, a few theatres in Chennai has received bomb threats from a little known outfit Tamil Nadu Oppressed Students Revolutionary Force, who supported the arguments of Karnan, prompting the theatre owners to cancel bookings.


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