Following immense pressure from various quarters, the State Government imposed the much-expected ‘ban’ on the theatrical release of Sohan Roy’s international production titled Dam 999 which was to hit the screens all over the State on Nov 25.
Despite denials of the same by Sohan Roy, the film’s script reportedly contains some ‘volatile’ material with some sequences depicting a dam ‘similar’ to the disputed Mullai-Periyar Dam collapsing and causing the death of thousands of people who appears to be Tamilians. It’s in the fact of stiff opposition to the film’s release from people from all walks of life which resulted in the State Government passing an order banning the release of the film.
Various political parties, including some outfits which aligned with chief minister Amma Jayalalitha during the Assembly elections in April, have called for ban on the film’s release as they expressed apprehension that the film had the ‘potential’ to create unrest and violence in society besides creating ill-will and hatred among the people of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
In a press communiqué issued in this regard, the state Chief Secreary has said that the film, which has caused great deal of unrest among the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, has been banned from its theatrical release. The State Government’s decision to ban the film’s release has been welcomed by one and all.
Director plans to move Supreme Court
The ban was described as “totally unfortunate” by the film’s director Sohan Roy, who said he planned to approach the Supreme Court against it because he has been given a go ahead by the Censor Board.
“This should not happen to any movie or creative work in India. Such actions will kill creative minds,” Mr. Roy, who is in Dubai in connection with the film release in UAE, told PTI when contacted from Kochi.
He said Dam 999 is a film with a “social cause”, which describes hazards dams can cause and creates awareness among the masses about the impending dangers of a dam collapse if not attended to on time. The ban would send “wrong signals”, he said and pointed out there was not a word mentioning Mullaiperiyar or the issue in the film.