Tamil Film Komban faces stiff protest as critics say it glorifies the Thevar community

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The News Minute | March 31, 2015 | 02.30 pm IST | Updated 07: 00 pm  Just two days ahead of its impending release, Tamil movie Komban starring Karthi which faced the axe over a complaint that it could incite communal clashes is all set to be released on Wednesday , a day ahead of schedule.  Earlier in the day, judges appointed to review the film walked out of a private screening of the movie without watching it. However, in a press conference which included the producers of the movie and Sarath Kumar,  president South Indian Film Artistes' Association, announced their decision to release the movie on April 1. The producers reaffirmed that the movie had none of the elements required to incite caste clashes at the press meet held on Tuesday evening.  Earlier on Tuesday, a private screening for a committee of judges was arranged by the Madras High Court after a petition by the head of Puthiya Tamilagam, K Krishnasamy, who had alleged that the movie was based on communally sensitive communities in Ramanathapuram which could incite clashes between groups. However, even though there is no stay on the film, film producers will have to wait until the court pronounces its decision on Wednesday on a petition against the movie. The screening which was to review the movie over its contents faced other issues as the judges walked out without watching the entire film. “Their intention was not to see the film,” said Prabhu belonging to Studio Green productions which is the producer of the movie. According to him, the judges had demanded a copy of the script book of the movie before seeing the movie. When it was denied to them, they went ahead to watch the movie but after a prolonged delay, he said.  However, once the screening began, according to him, the issue began when the judges requested the movie to be replayed from the start. The movie had just started when they asked for it to be replayed again. “I told them to watch the movie once fully,” he said. It was following this that the judges left the theatre without watching the entire show. “Cinema is a soft target,” he said. All formalities have been completed. We have taken all the required certification , he said. There should be only one supreme authority in taking a decision, he said. The need for a review by a committee comes into question as the film has already obtained U/a certificate from the Censor board .  Opposition towards the film Opposition towards the film stems from the belief that the movie which is based in Ramanathapuram is based on two villages which have been known to be involved in caste clashes. The idea that the movie was sympathetic to the Thevars and was based on communities which battle caste issues between caste Hindus and others is said to have led to the demand for the ban. When asked about the allegations that the movie could lead to caste violence, Prabhu said that the movie was just a family drama. According to the Hindu, the judges were expected to submit a report to the court on the possibility that it could lead to communal clashes as the film was to release in two days. A decision on the film’s fate is expected by Tuesday evening. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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