Actor Karan, who is known to portray powerful roles well, is one worried person today. And the issue worrying him is the legal notice that has been served to Senthil Kumar, the producer of his next film, Thambi Vettothi Sundaram.
The legal advisor of the Tamil Nadu Line Ball Associates in Kanyakumari, S S Sajeev Kesan, who has served the notice through an advocate, has claimed that the film, which is based on the real life story of Thambi Vettothi Sundaram, is "against the life history of the people of Kanyakumari." He has demanded that the film be screened to him and his associates before being released or face legal action.
Says Karan, “All through my career, I have only been involved in making good films and Thambi Vettothi Sundaram is, without doubt, a very good film. It is based on the life of a person in a place that is on the Tamil Nadu–Kerala border. Now, we are on the verge of releasing it. However, people from a particular organisation have been raising objections to its release. Even during the filming of this project, there were attacks on us. Director Vadivudaiyaan, who hails from the district, sustained injuries in the attack while the heroine of the film, Anjali, had a narrow escape. Now, they have served a notice to us and are threatening to stage a dharna in front of the Nagercoil Collector’s office on Monday.”
Adds Karan, “We are not here to confront anybody. I’ve never done anything that’s glorified negativity and in this film too, I can assure you that that is the case. The film, in no way, will hurt anybody’s sentiments. So, I request those protesting against it to refrain from causing unnecessary problems.”
While Karan plays the role of Thambi Vettothi Sundaram in the film, Anjali plays the role of Lourdu Mary. Commenting on the issue, director Vadivudaiyan says, “It is my debut film and it is a story based on real life incidents. I have been an eye-witness to the events that have been showcased in my film. It is my testimony to the events that have taken place in my district. I too am a native of that district. So, why will I showcase my own district in bad light?”
The producer of the film, Senthil Kumar, says, “The Censor Board has already given me a certificate for screening the film. They wouldn’t have cleared the film if there was something objectionable in it. I will discuss the issue with the TFPC and take a decision regarding the protest.”