The regional Censor Board came down heavily on the title of the upcoming film Gandhi Kanakku and asked the producer to change the title and leave alone Gandhi, the ‘Father of the Nation’. Finding no other go, the producer has since renamed the film as Mahaan Kanakku. The film has been produced by Pooja Films International and stars Ramana and newcomer Richa Sinha in lead roles.
Others in the cast include Manobala, Saravana Subbiah, Srinath and Devadarshini. Sampath Arumugam, who had earlier worked under Sasi, turns director with this film. Karthick has cinematographed the film while Rishal Sai has scored the music of the film. The Censors, which watched the film last week, had objected to the title and refused to certify the film with the title Gandhi Kanakku.
Sampat has this to say about the change: “When we registered the title with the Producers’ Council, we explained in detail the need for that particular title; it was only afterwards that we were allowed to register our title. The Censors, though, objected to the title and asked us to change the title so that the film could be certified. We have only driven home Gandhiji’s philosophy that unfair trade practices would lead to a violent future.
“Traditionally, we have misunderstood the word Gandhi Kanakku as a ‘loan’ which is not likely to be returned. In fact, we wanted to change the people’s notion about these words but regrettably, we weren’t permitted to so. We agreed to change the title as we were sure to convey our message across irrespective of the title. After watching the film, Censors had in fact appreciated our effort to pass on a socially relevant message sans sex and violence. In fact, they appreciated our effort and passed the film with ‘U’ certification,” concludes the director.