Director Shankar’s latest directorial venture Nanban released all over the State and elsewhere on 12th January (Thursday). Reports about the film’s show at the box-office have been encouraging so far but it remains to be seen whether the multi-starrer sustains and carries the momentum into the second and successive weeks.
IJK Parivendhar against director Shankar
Meanwhile, a political outfit by name Indiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) has objected to the use of the name of ‘Parivendhar’ in the film. Vijay’s on-screen name has been kept as ‘Pari’ in the film which the IJK says is degrading the founder of IJK. Pari, whose original name is Pachaimuthu, happen to run universities and industries. He is also the proprietor of the television channel Pudhiya Thalaimurai.
Pari had levelled complaints of ‘defamation’ against Shankar earlier when one of the characters in the film Enthiran was named after him(named a drunkard as his original name Pachai Muthu???). In Nanban though, the IJK says that the character which has Pari’s name (Vijay) is shown to be indulging in acts like impersonation and that the name is also ridiculed by the heroine more than once.(Paari Vendharavathu Poori Vendharavathu, Paari, Poori, Kakkoos Lorry)
P. Jayaseelan, secretary of IJK, has submitted a petition to the city police commissioner in which he has claimed that Parivendhar, their leader, enjoys the good faith of lakhs of people who has also been rendering great service in the field of education. “We are pained to note that director Shankar has named a character in the film, which indulges in all sorts of fraudulent activities, as Paari.
“Another female character is shown to be ridiculing his name while one more dialogue has been used in the most derogatory manner. We, therefore, request you to kindly file cases of defamation against Shankar and the producer of the film and initiate necessary steps to delete those portions,” the petition said.