Maverick director Mani Ratnam's office received a threat call on Monday night. An anonymous person made a bomb threat call to Ratnam's office, demanding that he cut out a dialogue from his latest release Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.
According to reports from Times on India, a fringe group had made a complaint against Mani Ratnam for criticising a particular community in the movie and they demanded the removal of certain dialogues from the film. Immediately, Mani Ratnam lodged a formal police complaint and the police are currently investigating the matter.
This is not the first time Mani Ratnam is receiving such bomb threat calls. In the year 1995 when his film Bombay released, Ratnam received calls from certain fringe outfits demanding the removal of dialogues and also certain portions from the movie.
The film evoked strong protests from Muslim fundamentalists who demanded its complete ban following which Ratnam's house was attacked with three crude bombs and the assailants escaped in an autorickshaw while Ratnam sustained minor injuries.
Bombay is about a Hindu-Muslim marriage with the bloody backdrop of frenzied rioting, all wrapped up with appealing elements of commercial cinema like romance, songs, action and dazzling locations.
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam hit the theatres on September 27 and it is a multi-starrer that has four heroes - Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Aravind Samy and Arun Vijay – sharing the screen space.
Written by Mani Ratnam and Shiva Ananth, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has been directed by the former. Besides the four heroes, the film has a bevy of stars in the cast including Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh and Dayana Erappa.
Oscar winning music director AR Rahman had composed the tunes for this action thriller while Santosh Sivan had cranked the camera and A Sreekar Prasad edited it.
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