The Madurai Bench of the Chennai High Court has banned any further shooting schedules at the historical Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal in Madurai. The place is one of the popular tourist attractions in Madurai, the ‘temple city’ of Tamil Nadu.
Most of the film crews, hire the venue on cheaper rents, have caused damage to the place and the sculptures in the past. Of late even the shooting of films in popular hill resorts such as Ooty and Kodaikkanal had vitnessed the crew causing harm to the environment. To be particular the incident where a crew headed by director SA Chandrasekhar was ‘fined’ for polluting the environment in one to recall .
Muthukumar, an advocate, filed a Petition with the Madurai Bench of the Chennai High Court seeking a blanket ban on any film shooting from being held inside the premises of the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. “The crew pays hardly Rs.5,000 to the Archaeological Survey of India which manages the Mahal but causes damages worth Rs.25,000 by the end of day.
“The historical monument should be protected and preserved in a careful manner. Therefore, no shooting schedules should be allowed to be held in the premises of the Mahal,” he had pleeded. Taking up the case, the Court has now stayed the shooting of films inside the Mahal.