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Setback for film maker Kamal Hassan
as TN CM refuses protection

June 13, 2003 17:01 IST

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday ruled out providing prolonged police protection for the shooting of the film Sandiyar, starring Kamal Hassan.

"There are so many film being produced in the state without any trouble. Why should the producer of this particular film deliberately choose a controversial subject and seek protection?" she asked.

Owing to limited manpower, the police cannot provide police protection for long periods, Jayalalithaa told reporters in Chennai.

Kamal Hassan had cancelled the film shooting scheduled for June 9 at Chinnamanur and Utthamapalayam as the Theni district police had expressed its inability to provide protection following threats by a dalit party, Puthiya Tamizhagam, to block filming.

Puthiya Tamizhagam chief Dr K Krishnasamy said the film would spread a 'sickle culture' as the script was based on an old communal clash in the southern district.

Kamal insists his new venture would not incite communal hatred or violence.

While cancelling the shooting, Kamal had said he would meet Jayalalithaa to seek protection for the shooting.

On Friday, Jayalalithaa said the district police had the right to deny protection if they expected trouble due to the film shooting.

The police is duty bound to protect the public at large, but not individuals for prolonged periods, she said.

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Number of User Comments: 7

Sub: Protection for Kamal's film

Jayalalitha is absolutely right in denying protection of such sorts. These film makers have an 'opinion' on every issue and have a tendency to simplify ...

Posted by N.S.Bharath

Sub: jayalalitha\'s refusal for protection

hi, I'm just sharing my point of view with regards to the article TN CM on Sandiyar. I have noticed that from the time the ...

Posted by Persis.Diana. Gladstone

Sub: not new to us!

Kamal! This is not new to us. I had already knew that our CM makes different and surprising decisions and this is only one among ...

Posted by t.p.praveen

Sub: Sandiyar

Then why is she taking so much police protection for "prolonged period" ? It is a clear expression of her inability to protect the rights ...

Posted by Shyam

Sub: Correct decision by Jaya

The decision taken by TamilNadu C.M Ms Jayalalitha seems to be correct one. When there is a shortage in police force and if the police ...

Posted by sreejith menon



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