WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY 2013
Chennai witnessed protests by TMMK-Muslim during the 2nd Week of September 2012 . The protests were directed at the US Embassy and against the Movie produced in USA. The protests continued for few days, on 19th September 2012 it turned violence, the protests were organized by TMMK & 20 other Muslim outfits including Viduthalai Chiruthai Katchi whose leader is an MP & close to UPA Chairperson through DMK Supremo.
TN political situation is witnessing a change, recently PMK –An OBC party, started a movement to consolidate the OBC’s in the state.
The ‘Political Chanakya’ of DMK has chance of losing his traditional voters to ADMK, other parties due family feuds & corruption issue. VCK as a party is also fast losing its credibility due to violent protests, attacks & highly critical comments on other communities.
Enter Vishwaroopam, movie based on Af-Pak, obviously portraying Jihad. Kamalhassan has scripted, Directed & Acted in the movie. All seemed to be well till he planned to preview the movie through DTH in India, few hours before it hit the cinema. The Cinema owners in TN, who have always been organized very well opposed the DTH preview. There was also news that DTH providers could not effectively market the movie. At last Kamal Hassan decided to release the movie on 23rd Jan 2013, in TN all through theatres & DTH simulataneously. At this juncture another Muslim outfit called Tamilnadu Thouheed Jamat (TNJT) & other groups protested against portraying of Muslims as terrorists in the Movie, submitted petition to ban the movie. The TN Govt. banned the movie for 15 days, after which most of us have been following the news about Vishwaroopam, huge amount of support from all sides for KamalHassan. As usual the TN Govt. led by Jayalalitha has been at the receiving end from the film industry, opposition parties & general public. The usual rhetoric of JJ being arrogant, rumors of her banning the movie due to Kamal’s statement on PC, that Kamal had promised TV rights to Jaya TV, later sealed the deal with Vijay TV & more.
Media, Celebrities & prominent citizens have come down heavily on JJ, with all sort of remarks which we always hear when she is the CM.
Now there are two possibilities, First –Lift the ban.
All the media, Film industry and Rights folks will be happy. Movie will be screened, Muslim outfits will protest & mostly turn violent. Police may have to use force to control the riots/mobs, which in turn to more virulent campaign & may become a Law & Order issue. Don’t be surprised if the same protests are synchronized across India. JJ losses vote bank, LS
Second possibility, continue with the ban, keep the protestors at bay, but the whole film industry, media & Rights folk will keep hollering of their ‘Artisitic’ Rights being suppressed.
Both the possibilities will not be favorable for Jayalalitha. Either way she gets the end of the stick.
Who can script such an episode? If anyone in India can, it can be one & Only ‘Political Chanakya’ .
VCK is part of DMK alliance with Cong in UPA. VCK instigates the Muslim Organizations, this is a double edged sword for JJ. Have to handle with care.
Ban the movie –All of our activists, Film industry, common man blame JJ of being arrogant, stifling democracy.
Screen the movie- JJ can be dismissed for Law & order, action against minority groups & loss of Vote bank during LS 2014.
Kamal Hassan is enacting the script very well, after he is ‘Ulaga Nayagan’.