India: Tamil film pulled out of theatres in Tamil Nadu after protests
Cinematographer and filmmaker Santosh Sivan’s Tamil war-drama ‘Inam’, a story on a group of orphans during the Sri Lankan civil war, is being pulled out of theatres in the state Tamil Nadu following protests from Tamil fringe groups.
Following a request by some Tamil fringe groups, five scenes had been removed from ‘Inam’, which narrates the survival story of a refugee during the Sri Lankan civil war.
Sources close to the ‘Inam’ production unit say Sivan is unwilling to comment on the subject on account of threats that he and the rest of his crew — currently shooting a film in Mumbai — are receiving.
N. Pakkirisamy, regional officer of CBFC, however, believes that ‘Inam’ is not a political film, and that there was no need for the filmmakers to give into pressure from political parties to remove the film.
“We have certified the film for viewing, so why should it be banned. This is unacceptable as it curbs creativity,” says Pakkirisamy. He adds that this kind of ‘censorship’ out of ‘intolerance’ will prevent directors from venturing into different genres of filmmaking.
Every few weeks a movie or play is banned, or a book is pulled off a college syllabus, in Tamil Nadu over their potential to ‘hurt’ the sentiments of some sections of the people.
The law mandates that only the censor board can prevent a film from being released. In the case of ‘Inam’, the censor board not only passed the film, its regional officer has lauded the film for breaking away from routine fare. But it seems extralegal, extra-constitutional pressure was applied on the producers who were forced to withdraw the ban.
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The Times of India – 1 April 2014:
Chilling effect of intolerance
Sivan’s movie is only the latest among several movies on the Sri Lankan issue that have faced a ban — legal and extra-legal. Article by Kamini Mathai
Gulf News – 31 March 2014:
Santosh Sivan’s ‘Inam’ to be pulled out of Tamil Nadu theatres
The decision follows protests from Tamil fringe groups. Cinematographer-filmmaker Santosh Sivan’s Tamil war-drama Inam, a story on a group of orphans during the Sri Lankan civil war, will be pulled out of theatres in Tamil Nadu from Monday following protests from Tamil fringe groups. Inam released in India on March 28.
Santamil.com – 26 March 2014:
Celebrities Talk About Inam (Ceylon) Tamil Movie [Video]