Court restrains lab from delivering prints of 'Prabhakaran'

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Chennai, Apr 2 (UNI) A civil court today restrained the Gemini Colour Lab from delivering the prints of Sinhala Film 'Prabhakaran' for a week.

Admitting a suit filed by Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) President Thol Thirumavalavan, I Additional City Civil Court Judge Sethuraman ordered notices to the State Home Secretary, Director General of Police, the Union Home Secretary, Sinhala Film Producer Osmand-de-Silva and Film Director Thusara Peiris to file a counter in two weeks.

In his petition, Mr Thirumavalavan said the film contained scenes and dialogues which highly affected the Tamil diaspora. The Tamil population in Sri Lanka had been displaced and was living as refugees worldwide due to the ethnic conflict.

But the film showed the majority Sinhala population as being displaced and living in poorly maintained refugee camps in Sri Lanka. It also showed them starving, which was totally untrue, the petitioner contended.

He said the film by a Sri Lankan producer was being processed at the Gemini Colour Lab here.

The producer was dubbing the film in Tamil and other Indian languages, making sufficient number of prints for release in India, including in Tamil Nadu.

The petitoner also prayed for permanent injunction against the film. The judge then posted further hearing in the case to April eight.

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