‘Madras Cafe’ Faces Protest From Tamil Activists

'Madras Cafe' Bollywood John Abraham movie

John Abraham starrer runs into trouble from terrorist accusations

Bollywood pic “Madras Cafe,” which opens Friday, has run into trouble in the south Indian state of Tamilnadu from activists who oppose what they see as a skewed view of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as terrorists.

The Viacom18 release is set during the Sri Lankan civil war in the 1980s and is toplined by John Abraham as an Indian intelligence agent. The pic is said to include the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at a campaign stop.

While the Indian film censor board approved the pic, directed by Shoojit Sircar, for unspooling throughout the country, those in Tamilnadu, who have a special connection to the Tamils of Sri Lanka, are fighting its release.

Exhibitors in Tamilnadu are fearful of violence, with one telling the Hindu newspaper that it was “not worth the risk” to show the film. That is the outcome a number of orgs such as We Tamil and Pattali Makkal Katchi would prefer. The Bharatiya Janata Party has also asked for a ban in Mumbai and all over India, but some have pushed for the film to be shown on freedom of speech grounds.

Meanwhile Abraham, who is also a producer, appealed for the pic’s wide release. “I would like to urge all of Chennai (Tamilnadu capital) to support ‘Madras Cafe’ as a film and allow it to release (as scheduled). It is a credible film made with a lot of heart and gives audiences something novel to be entertained about, vouching and encouraging cinema,” Abraham said in a statement .

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  1. Alex Doss says:

    Rajiv Gandhi was a war criminal who was involved in the IPKF war crimes against Tamil civilians in Jaffna, according to Amnesty International. It is a well known fact that ‘Dhanu,’ the lady who killed him was gang raped by Indian soldiers. She was then recruited by Sivarasn aka ‘One Eyed Jack,’ who was part of TELO, a paramilitary group that helped the Sri Lankan and Indian forces against the LTTE. Following the assassination, Frontline Magazine reported Union Home Minister S.B. Chavan of the Congress Party was behind this, according to SIT. However, blame went to LTTE in which, the group was never charged. Twenty-two years later, Congress Party of India funds the film ‘Madras Cafe,’ to recreate a scenario to win Indian elections in 2014.

  2. Greatmovie says:

    LTTE assassinated ex-PM of India on Indian soil. Terrorist. Case closed. Nothing to do with genuine suffering of Tamils.

  3. Jaswant says:

    Tamils who oppose the movie are in effect supporters of a Terrorits Org LTTE ! Why should Indian gov allow them to block a movie. They need to chose between India or LTTE.

    • Alex Doss says:

      Majority of Tamils will choose the Tamil Nation, not India that was created by the British and handed over to a bunch of barbarians in Northern India. So, if Tamils support the LTTE, what the are you going to do about it, other than talking nonsense behind a computer. Face it, your Jat infested Indian army lost roughly around 10,000 to a couple thousand Tamil fighters. Stop making India look like a world super power, other than being a world supermarket for cheap labor…

  4. Tamizh Indian says:

    Tamilnadu requires a great king like RajaRaja Chola to give fitting reply to these type of mistakes. Long Live Tamils

  5. arun says:

    Mr. John. Abraham,
    Do you aware of the tamil Genocide in Eelam. Please see the Channel 4 videos, and the attrocities of the IPKF in the island nation against the Tamil people in the book The Saturn Force. Will you act in a movie when your sister was gang raped and killed and thrown like a waste. On the millions of tamilians living all around the world I strongly condemn your act of Rajapakse’s agent.
    Go to Hell…!!!!

    • lionkolla says:

      do u think everytin shows on tv is real? they wuld do anytin to get views – u have to live in sri lanka to know whats really happens here .. so dnt act like idiots just come to sri lanka once and see the truth

  6. Gayatri says:

    I think they’re protesting what they see as a propagandistic view that paints India as being this innocent wallflower caught in that fiasco, when really its involvement culminated in genocide? Either that or they are tired of amateur fare in general spreading to their state?

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