Actor Suriya’s latest film 7aum Arivu appears to have run into rough weather in Sri Lanka. The film, directed by A.R. Murugadoss and produced by Udhayanidhi’s Red Giant Movies, released worldwide on Deepavali (Wednesday). It was also released in Sri Lanka as part of the initiative to release the film in as many foreign countries as possible which have Tamil population.
In one of his triple roles in the film, Suriya has played Bodhi Dharman, a Buddhist (Tamil) Monk who utters a dialogue in a sequence which goes like this: “Nine countries joining together to attack a single country is not called courage; it’s betrayal.”
The Sinhalese, who are the dominant race in the Island nation, are said to have been greatly angered by this particular dialogue and also the way Bodhi Dharman (a Tamil) has been shown almost equal to ‘Lord Buddha’. Prior to watching the film, not many are aware that a temple is in existence in China for Bodhi Dharman which is regularly worshipped by thousands of people.
Local Sinhalese groups are said to be raising their voices to either delete such ‘controversial sequences’ from the film or ban the screening of the film in the country. It is also reported that the government might give into pressure by deleting ‘objectionable’ portions but still allow the screening of the film.
Reports also say that the film has been running to packed houses in Jaffna and elsewhere.