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BJP opposes screening of Madras Cafe in Mumbai

PTI  Mumbai, August 22, 2013
First Published: 15:28 IST(22/8/2013) | Last Updated: 15:39 IST(22/8/2013)

Opposing screening of Madras Cafe in Mumbai for allegedly portraying the outlawed LTTE in bad light, the BJP warned that its activists would take to streets if the film was screened in Mumbai.

"The film with John Abraham in leading role, has a negative portrayal of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran. The movie deals with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination and mentions Tamil organisations as terror outfits," Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said.

Tamil organisations have opposed the movie and have called for a countrywide ban on it, he said. "Several Tamil brethren live in Mumbai as it is the country's financial capital. Many organisations have registered their opposition to the film, with the BJP. It is felt that there will be social discord if the film is allowed to be shown here," Shelar further said.

If the state government fails to stop the screening of the film, BJP workers would take to streets and protest at the cinema halls, he added.

Madras Cafe, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a spy thriller set in the early 1990s amid the civil war between the Tamil tigers and Sri Lankan regime and is set for release on August 23.

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