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Petition filed for release of The Da Vinci in TN

The petitioners also sought a direction to authorities concerned to permit screening of film in theatres in state.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 22:58 IST

Two film distributors on Friday filed a petition in the Madras High Court seeking to quash a Tamil Nadu government order suspending the screening of the controversial film The Da Vinci Code.

The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Saturday.

The state government, in its May 31 order, had said, "The screening of the film may lead to demonstrations and disturb the peace and tranquillity in the state." It suspended exhibition of the film, which was slated to be released in the state on June two.

The petitioners -- Sony Pictures Releasing of India Ltd and Anuroshi Films, Chennai -- also sought a direction to authorities concerned to permit screening of the film in theatres in the state.

They said the film, based on Dan Brown's bestseller of the same name, had been released in 65 countries and there had been no law and order problems over its release.

In keeping with a requirement of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Central Board of Film Certification, a 15-second disclaimer had been inserted at the start and end of the film indicating that the characters, incidents and names portrayed in it were fictitious and similarity to any person was entirely coincidental and unintentional, the petitioners said.

They said the film had been released in the country only after considering and taking into account the sentiments and opinion of the Christian community. They said they had decided to file the petition after representations to the authorities failed to evoke any response.

First Published: Jun 16, 2006 19:28 IST