A petition has been filed in the Madurai bench of Madras High Court, seeking a ban on the release of Bharathiraja’s Annakodi. The film is scheduled to release tomorrow – June 28.
The petition has been filed by Thevar Pasarai Iyakkam president AK Ragupathy. In his petition Raghupathy says : “The film is a love story between a Thevar girl and a Dalit boy, it may create communal clashes between groups.”
Annakodi is directed and written by Bharathiraja. It features Lakshman Narayan, Karthika and Manoj Bharathiraja in the lead roles with music by GV Prakash. The film was earlier titled Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum.
The petitioner alleged that though the content of the film were against section 5B of the cinematographic Act, 1952, the Central Board of Film Certification certified the film with a UA certificate and granted permission for its screening.
Raghupathy wants a ban on the film in the sensitive south Tamil Nadu. When the Judge asked the petitioners lawyer whether he has seen the film, he said No. Following it, the judge said the petitioner cannot presume that the movie will disturb communal balance.
The matter was posted to Friday, when Annakodi will be released.