Hassan’s ‘Sandiyar’ pic gets nixed

Film's controversial topic might cause crew trouble

MUMBAI — Tamil thesp Kamal Hassan’s latest production, “Sandaiyar” (Fighter), has been scrapped after members from one of India’s castes objected to their portrayal as mindlessly violent.

The movie, based on real-life events, concerns a cruel bully (Hassan). Dr. R. Krishnamurthy, leader of community org Puthiya Tamizhagham, complained that the film would foster trouble in an area where 35 people died last year from intercaste clashes.

The thesp-producer-director had asked state chief minister Jayalalitha to resolve the issue, leaving his production crew cooling its heels in Theni, in the south Indian province of Tamil Nadu.

But former movie star Jayalalitha refused protracted protection for a crew that purposely chose a controversial topic and the police told Hassan that they could not protect his entire crew.

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