Meaning of the word is proud or hearty

Is Gethu a Tamil word or not A major film-politics fight is on over itImage: Gethu poster, Red Giant Movies/Facebook
news Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 09:28

Red Giant Movies today sought exemption of entertainment tax for its film 'Gethu', starring Udayanidhi Stalin, son of DMK leader M K Stalin, saying the title is a Tamil word used in ancient Tamil literature and so it could claim it

When the petition filed by Red Giant Movies came up today before Justice R Mahadevan,Additional Government Pleader Haribabu said the title 'Gethu is not a Tamil word.

The matter relates to rejection of the tax exemption application by the viewing committee, which said the title is not Tamil.

Red Giant submitted that the word 'Gethu' is a Tamil word and as used in Arunagirinathar's Thirupugal, a Tamil literature.

Producing two dictionaries written by professors working in Tamil Department, it said the meaning of the word is proud or hearty.

Alleging that the state government is disowning the word as the movie starred Udayanidhi Stalin, son of M K Stalin, the main leader of the Opposition in the state, petitioner's counsel also produced certificates from Mu.Metha and two others who attested the word Gethu is a Tamil Word.

The Judge adjourned the matter to January 27 as the Additional Government Pleader sought time.

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