AR Murugadoss must be banging his head against the wall right about now as the frustration levels are rising for the Kaththi team. Despite repeated statements from them, more voices are joining in demanding that the movie be banned. If this happens it would be a serious blow to the fans and the filmmakers as Kaththi is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and already has a lot of money invested in it.
The problem, ironically, is the money invested in the movie itself! The production company that has funded the flick is Lyca Productions. The issue is that it has been alleged by some that Subhakaran, who is at the helm of the company, has close ties with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Rajapakse, of course, is one of the most hated men in the Tamil world for his role in the atrocities and warcrimes against the Tamils in Sri Lanka. So many Tamil organizations were outraged by this controversial revelation.
The claims then went on to say that Rajapakse himself has investments in Lyca Productions.
Now, the Kaththi team and Ayngaran International came forward with press statements denying the accusations and stating repeatedly that Lyca had no connection whatsoever with Rajapakse. They even went the extra mile and met with several important Sri Lankan Tamil activists to clear the air, so to speak, hoping that would put the matter to rest once and for all.
But things seem to be growing worse by the day for the film’s prospects…
Now, more organizations like Maatram Maanavar Ilaiyor Iyakkam, Free Tamil Eelam Students Organisation, Tamil Youth and Students association and Progressive Students Front have united in the protest against Kaththi.
The Director’s Union though, to everyone’s relief, have sided with the Kaththi team.
Will the movie be banned? And if it manages to come out, what kind of fresh hell awaits it then?
Kaththi stars Vijay in dual roles, Samantha in the female lead and Neil Nitin Mukesh as the baddie. Anirudh Ravichander is the composer for the flick.
The film is aiming for a Diwali release… if things go according to plan, that is. Sigh.
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