Mullaperiyar: DAM 999 director seeks protection
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 19:05
Kochi: Director of controversial film 'Dam 999' Sohan Roy on Saturday sought police protection from the Tamil Nadu Government to attend a hearing on December 12 in Chennai in connection with the ban on his film in that state.

Challenging the ban, Roy has filed a petition in the Supreme court, which had directed that a personal hearing on the issue must be held on Dec 12 at the office of Principal Home Secretary.

In a letter to Tamil Nadu Home Secretary Rameshram Mishra, Roy said he was prepared to appear before him with his legal advisor Sajeev and T Prabhakaran, Tamil Nadu distributor of the movie, in Chennai on Monday.

However, apprehending threats from various political parties like DMK, MDMK and PMK, he sought police protection from Chennai airport to the Secretary's chamber, where the meeting is to be held and back.

Tamil Nadu Government has banned the film, depicting collapse of a dam, after various political parties protested against it claiming it was based on Mullaperiyar dam issue over which the state and Kerala are locked in a row.

He said his crew was attacked in the premises of Prasad Lab in Chennai recently during a preview and he was totally isolated from the crew on that day. The protesters took away the negatives of a Telugu film from the Prasad Lab, misconstruing it to be that of his film 'DAM999'.


First Published: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 19:05

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