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Rajnikant's Sivaji-the boss caught in a political wrangle

The Rajnikant starrer Tamil blockbuster, now invites wrath from Congressmen who are seeking ban on the screening of the film.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Chennai
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2007 01:09 PM IST

A Congressman today sought a ban on the screening of Sivaji-the Boss, the Tamil film starring superstar Rajnikant, for allegedly defaming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

M Satyamoorthy filed a PIL in the Madras High Court, seeking the ban on the plea that the film intended to defame Gandhi and Singh and the Congress as well by portraying the two leaders along with the villain.

The PIL, which is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow, also sought Rs 50 crore from Rajnikant, film producer A V M Saravanan and director Shankar as damages to the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee.

He said the villain character, named Aadhikesavan, was the head of a private university and was shown exploiting the public by collecting crores of rupees as capitation fees.

He said the hero, who wanted to start a university to give free education, approaches the villain for guidance. In that particular scene, a photograph on the table showed the villain standing in between Gandhi and Singh, he said.

The petitioner contended the photograph, which was shown four times in the movie, gave an impression that the villain belonged to the Congress party and the leaders were supporting his activities in exploiting the public.

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