Hey Ram! Raavanan escapes industry ban

The Tamil film industry had said films of those who attend the IIFA in Sri Lanka would not be released in South India.

Published: 18th June 2010 03:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:12 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Despite one of its cast, actor Govinda, attending the IIFA 2010 in Sri Lanka, filmmaker Mani Ratnam's Raavanan will be having a peaceful release in the state on Friday. The Tamil film industry's decision to boycott films of actors who attended the International Indian Film Academy awards will not apply to Raavan, as Govinda is not part of the film's lead cast.

The Tamil film industry had, on May 28, issued a joint statement stating that films of actors and actresses who attend the IIFA in Sri Lanka (held on June 35) would not be released in South India. The industry was opposed to the event being held in Sri Lanka, where inhuman treatment was being meted out to Tamils.

Yet, this boycott will not affect Mani Ratnam's Raavanan (Raavan in Hindi ) , though Govinda, who plays the role of a forest guard in the film, attended the film event in Colombo.

Speaking to Express , L Suresh, secretary, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, said a decision had been taken not to boycott the film because Govinda was not the film's protagonist.

"The Hindi version of the film has Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vikram and they did not attend the film fest. So, we have decided to permit the film's release here."

The statement issued on May 28 had stated that no professional cooperation would be extended in South India to any actor or technician who attended IIFA. It also said "Films of actors and actresses who attended IIFA in Colombo would not be released in South India".

But surprisingly a list of actors whose films would be boycotted is yet to be prepared by the Tamil film industry. L Suresh said it would be, soon.

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