November 24th, 2011
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Release of Dam 999 damned

Dam 999Chennai: In the backdrop, Kerala’s apprehensions regarding the safety of Mullaperiyar dam intensifies and sparks spew as Kerala and Tamil Nadu lock horns over the Mullaperiyar issue. Dam 999 emerges in into this political setting. Though the movie caught lot of media attention their screening and broadcast seems to be damned.

The movie has come under political censorship and theatre owners in Tamil Nadu have been forced to refrain from screening Dam 999. Tamil Nadu government believes that the movie is against the interest of the state.

The TN government banned ‘Dam 999′ with immediate effect after the movie faced a storm of protests from various political parties which claim the controversial film is based on the Mullaperiyar dam, over which the state is locked in an escalating row with Kerala.

“The Tamil Nadu government has banned the screening of movie ‘Dam 999′ with immediate effect,” a terse one line announcement by Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi said.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi in a statement said that if the film was released in the state, it would affect cordial ties between people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and create a law and order problem. MDMK chief Vaiko said the film – financed by Keralites, starring Indian and Hollywood actors and directed by Sohan Roy – has been named ‘Dam 999′, referring to the legal rights held by Tamil Nadu over the dam for 999 years.

On Monday, PMK and MDMK activists staged a violent protest where they alleged that the film is an allegory to the Mullaperiyar dam issue. Political leaders in Tamil Nadu insist on believing that the film is an attempt by the Kerala government to validate its claims on the instability of the Mullaperiyar dam and are calling for a ban on the release of the film. But, director Sohan Roy denies any such thing and claims his film has no connection to any Indian issue at all.

“My film is not a kind of film which hurts the value, culture or sentiments of Tamil people. It is a true story about the disaster caused by a dam collapse in Banqiuo, China, which claimed 2,50,000 lives in 1975. DAM999is purely based on how this tragic disaster resulted in the loss of lives. It has got nothing to do with any dam in India, especially in Tamil Nadu,” said Sohan.

“Please understand this and kindly do treat this film as an appeal towards awareness. We are ready to hold a special preview of the movie for the respectable Tamil political leaders and will surely remove any shot or dialogue from the film if they find it offensive.The movie has received a clean chit from the censorship board. Yet the government intends to ban the movie. This hurts the creative minds who were behind the entire project,” he added.




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