Just as the hue and cry over Vishwaroopam’s alleged insensibility to Muslims has died down, a Christian outfit marched to the Police Commissioner’s office and demanded that Mani Ratnam’s Kadal be banned immediately. Ironically, this compounds a week in which this is the fourth Tamil film (including Vishwaroopam) that has been targeted by fringe religious outfits, calling for a ‘ban’.
The other films are Ameer’s Aadhibhagavan and Hari’s Singam 2.
On Monday, a group called the Indian Christian Democratic Party (located behind Kasi Theatre, where Kadal is being screened) met Police Commissioner S George and pointed out six scenes in Kadal that are “offensive to Christians”.
The group said if these scenes weren’t removed and the film allowed to continue in theatres, they would call on Christians across the state and create a mass stir — which could threaten the law and order situation. Prominent church and Christian leaders, however, have remained silent and have not supported this claim.
N Christudoss, who headed the group, asked that cases be registered against Mani Ratnam and the censor board.
Meanwhile, the Village Hindu Priests Association has apparently called for a ban on Ameer’s film Aadhibhagavan, as it found the plot and title objectionable.