The makers of Madras Café continue to insist that the film doesn’t depict the Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a bad light, as alleged by a few Tamil activist outfits.
However, they had a tough time controlling the protesting crowd outside a venue in Chennai where its Tamil trailer was launched on August 5. Apparently, the organisers had to call the police to disperse the demonstrating members of the organisation called Naam Thamizhar. John Abraham, who was there to unveil the promo, recounts, "When I reached there, I wondered why the police was guarding the place. I came to know about the protest only on my way back. The police had to resort to lathi-charge to control the situation." The actor, who is also producing the film, is confident that it will strike a chord with the Tamil audience. He says, "Our film is unbiased. It is not pro or anti anyone. Shoojit (Sircar, director) has told the story in the most credible and responsible manner," adds the actor. John says that the protesting people must watch the film before they raise objections to it. "The censor board in Tamil Nadu has given a U/A certificate to the film. We may have one or two screenings before the film releases, and they (the objecting outfits) are most welcome to watch it."