A Tamil film about the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, held up by certification authorities for 13 years after it was made, may at last see the light of day, thanks to the Madras High Court.
Come Thursday and a bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice AP Shah and judge K Chandru would see Kutrapathirikai (Chargesheet) to decide whether it is appropriate for public screening.
A woman suicide bomber from Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas blew up Gandhi at an election rally in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur town May 21, 1991.
The Central Board of Film Certification has been persistently refusing the film permission for public screening arguing it would aggravate the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is lauded in the film.
The bench has contented that if real-life events cannot be filmed as argued by CBFC, then how could incidents like Mahatma Gandhi's assassination or the attack on Indian parliament be shown on screen?
The film, produced by Ravi Yadav and directed by R.K. Selvamani, has Tamil actor Ramki in the lead. It also features Anupam Kher and popular actress Roja.
High Court judge D. Murugesan had in March entertained a petition from Yadavalaya Films, the makers, to release the movie for viewing.
The single-judge bench had ordered a cut in the film - of a sequence showing an attempt made by an extremist outfit on the life of former chief minister J. Jayalalitha.
He had then ruled, following the exemption, the film could be shown in theatres and asked CBFC to give the film 'A' (adults only) certificate. He also set aside a no-show order of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.
Later in March, the CBFC went on appeal again before the high court and contended that the single-judge bench had "erroneously" allowed the viewing of the film.