VUE, ODEON: Don't screen Madras Cafe
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VUE, ODEON: Don't screen Madras Cafe

    1. Raj V
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      Raj V

      Chennai, India

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August 2013

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From petition creator, Raj V: Following the online petition, Cineworld, Odeon and VUE have confirmed that they will not be releasing the controversial movie 'Madras Cafe' across Great Britain.

We are extremely perturbed for having to request you to stop screening a controversial movie 'Madras Cafe' which is believed to have portrayed Tamils in a poor light. We quote the following from a leading Indian Newspaper Business Standard which should summarise. (Dated August 19th 2013, Chennai) (Ref: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/naam-tamizhar-won-t-allow-release-of-madras-cafe-in-tamil-nadu-113081900007_1.html)
"After attending the special screening of John Abraham-starrer "Madras Cafe" here Sunday, members of Tamil activist group Naam Tamizhar vowed not the allow the film's release in Tamil Nadu contending it portrays LTTE cadres as terrorists.

The private screening was attended by Tamil filmmaker and group chief Seeman and director R.K Selvamani along with many others.

"The film tries to portray late Prabhakaran, LTTE chief, as a terrorist. We don't appreciate it and request the distributors to not screen the film in the state. The sentiment of the film is anti-Tamil and we don't agree with it," Seeman told IANS.

"We wouldn't be bothered if our Sri Lankan brothers were not portrayed in a bad light. Prabhakaran sacrificed his life fighting for Sri Lankan Tamils. How can a film possibly portray him as a terrorist?" he asked.

"Madras Cafe" earned the wrath of pro-Tamil groups when its trailer was released in July.

However, speaking at an event recently here, John said: "My film doesn't take any sides. It doesn't portray anybody as terrorists."

Directed by Shoojit Sircar, "Madras Cafe" is slated to release Aug 23 worldwide. The film was even dubbed in Tamil to be exclusively released in Tamil Nadu.

The film, which also features Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna and Leena Maria, deals with terrorism and civil war and was reportedly shot in


We sincerely believe that  VUE and ODEON  would take into account the sentiments of Tamils and would refrain from screening the controversial movie Madras Cafe releasing 23rd August.

We would be grateful to know your response at the earliest opportunity and beg your decision in favour of our petition. We sincerely apologise  apologise  for any inconvenience this may cause you.We hope you appreciate and respect our emotions and feelings and we sincerely believe that Cineworld would not compromise on ethics. We believe that every community has the right to 'self respect' and deserves to be shown in an appropriate manner. 

We are confident that you will bring us the good news.

References: 

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC-kQAVuas8

2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqM9fFmr7_s&feature=youtu.be&annotation_id=annotation_3483744997&feature=iv&src_vid=mstirhQHUYo (BBC Tamil)

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-lqljyR3mY (Tamil news channel 18th August 2013)

Recent signatures

    News

    1. CINEWORLD confirms it won't release Madras Cafe.

      Raj V
      by Raj V
      Petition Organizer

      "Our policy is to show a wide range of films for different audiences. However, following customer feedback and working with the film distributors, we have decided to not show Madras Café (both versions)"

    2. Cineworld decides not to screen Tamil version of Madras Cafe.

      Raj V
      by Raj V
      Petition Organizer

      OFFICIAL WORD FROM CINEWORLD (Via Facebook): Hi - Working with the film distributors and following customer feedback we have decided to not show the Tamil version of Madras Café.
      I have requested them to reconsider their decision to screen the Hindi version as well. Awaiting their response.

    3. John Abraham interview (Hindi)

      Raj V
      by Raj V
      Petition Organizer

      1. Offensive dialogue: We will fight India too. This is going to be a 'long war'.
      2. Zee TV presenter says that the film follows the events of late 80s early 90s.
      3. The film was shot in Cochin (Kerala).
      4. John Abraham claims that it was important to present the 'facts'.
      5. John Abraham claims that the film is factual (fictious as well. Dont know how both at the same time) after a lot of research.

      John Abraham speaks on controversial Madras Cafe

      Zee News: John Abraham speaks to zee news about the making of his upcoming movie 'Madras Cafe'. He also talks about the controversies surrounding the film.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Why Chennai and Tamil Nadu may not be able to watch Madras Cafe

      Raj V
      by Raj V
      Petition Organizer
      Why Chennai will not be able to watch Madras Cafe

      Going by the fate of two big Tamil films in the recent past - Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam and Vijay's Thalaivaa - both of which ran into political rough-weather, actor-producer John Abraham may not be able to release his Madras Cafe in Chennai and the rest of Tamil Nadu.

    6. MUST WATCH: Chennai Press Meet. Please compare his previous interview.

      Raj V
      by Raj V
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maplf7MfOAU
      ஜான் ஐய்ய இதுக்கு முன் கூறியது "We are taking a stand" இதில் மிகவும் கவனத்துடன் கேளுங்கள்.
      1. In this, he says that we have not taken any sides. (Please refer the previous video after 6.00 minutes)
      2.If there is no point of view and if they have not taken any sides, how could they use the word 'guerilla'? So in theory they shouldn't know who they are.
      Guerilla (web definition) : a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwrgga07WJc (Press Meet, Chennai)
      1. As "Authentic and as real as possible" then how part of shooting was done in Malaysia and Thailand. And how did Eelam Tamils speak "Hindi" instead of Tamil?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7Y-7I0Dy7c (Press Meet, Chennai)
      Listen carefully: What made him to make this movie?

    7. அவசியம் பாருங்கள்: ஜான் ஐய்யா இந்த படத்தை எதற்காக எடுத்தார் என்று கூறியுள்ள

      Raj V
      by Raj V
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZfXr3-N7nw
      அவசியம் பாருங்கள்: ஜான் ஐய்யா இந்த படத்தை எதற்காக எடுத்தார் என்று கூறியுள்ளார் (6 நிமிடங்களுக்கு பிறகு கவனத்துடன் கேக்கவும்)

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. Ban sought on Madras Cafe, Court Bench orders notice to CBFC and DGP

      Raj V
      by Raj V
      Petition Organizer
      Ban sought on Madras Cafe, Bench orders notice to CBFC and DGP

      The Madras High Court Bench here on Monday ordered notice to the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu, the producer and the director of the film 'Madras Cafe' on a public interest litigation seeking a ban on the release of the film in Tamil Nadu.

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. Reached 10 signatures

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      • 11 months ago

      History shouldn't fail

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    • srinivasan vignesh WEMBLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      madras cafe movie hurting tamils

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    • ram kumar CHENNAI, INDIA
      • 11 months ago

      this gives wrong information about rajiv gandhis assasination

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    • Sheenuya Sivalingam LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      It is portraying my race in a disgusting manner

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    • Ameera Down SOUTH WOODFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      I am told this movie potraits tamils in a bad light and therefore stereotypical and should not be screened, if its a documentary then fine but I am a tamil and my friend who told me about this movie is a tamil, who clearly is offended and so would I.

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