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Updated: April 12, 2014 01:18 IST

'Tenaliraman' runs into roadblock

    K. T. Sangameswaran
    Karthik Subramanian
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Vadivelu as Maamannar
Vadivelu as Maamannar

Groups protest portrayal of king in Vadivelu’s comeback film

Comedy star Vadivelu’s return vehicle Tenaliraman is facing opposition from some Telugu groups which are seeking a ban on the film claiming that it is disrespectful to Krishnadevaraya, the 16th century Vijayanagara emperor.

These groups moved the High Court on Friday and are also seeking the intervention of the Tamil Nadu government. The film’s producers AGS Entertainment had earlier this month clarified that the film was based on an imaginary story conceived on the morals in popular folk tales, and was not a historic representation of the life of any person. The clarifications have been coming from the film crew right from the time of the audio launch, when Vadivelu had clarified that the king shown in the film is never named and is merely referred to as ‘Maamannar’ (great king).

On Friday, two Telugu organisations filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Government to pass appropriate orders on their representation with regard to the film. The petitioners, Tamil Nadu Telugu Makkal Peravai and Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi said that the film’s producer had not considered the facts about the famous Krishnadevaraya. They had produced the movie with its own ideology. “History should not be twisted,” the petitioners said.

The First Bench comprising the Acting Chief Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice M.M. Sundresh on Friday ordered that the petition be posted before another Bench.

At a press meet in the city, representatives of various Telugu organisations said they were also attempting to make a representation to the Chief Secretary seeking a halt to the release of the film. “Tenaliraman is a historic character who was a poet in the court of Krishnadevaraya, a great king. But the trailer of this film shows the king as a person who has many wives and children, and ignored his subjects,” Thangavel Swamy of Sillavar Rajakambalam Naicker Sangam, one of the protesting groups, said.

R. Rangarajan, director, AGS Entertainment, said the film had been cleared by the Censor Board after taking into consideration the point about hurting the sentiments of any section of the people. “We have already said that this is based on an imaginary story and any coincidences are unintentional.”

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If for every movie that is made. One or the other organization raises
concern and files a case. Why is there a censor board? This is some
cheap publicity tactics adopted by some fanatics and the government
should never encourage this. Additionally the courts should slap a fine
against such organizations for foisting cases on silly grounds

from:  Anand
Posted on: Apr 14, 2014 at 12:45 IST

India will face an uphill task once more and more people are educated, knowledgeable and want change in politics as the Indian federation since independence from the British has been a failure to be fair, reasonable, democratic, transparent, objective and acceptable to all. Mostly due to chauvinistic politics, superior mentality over another race, mockery, corruption and slavery mindset. The separation and the struggle will cost may lives in the future as the British failed to foresee people's independence, freedom, autonomy, human rights, individual values, customs and dignity to live with respect. The media should be independent and critical on the government if it fails to address core issues and makes wrong decisions disrespecting the aspirations of the people or a race. Although we wish India to be united and successful, the politicians continue derail its union by their greedy, mockery and wrong decisions.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Apr 14, 2014 at 05:47 IST

Even if the film does not portray the true picture of King
Krishnadevaraya, it is not the burden of Telugu people to stage any
protest. Krishnadevaraya had never been the all time head of the Telugu
people. No genuine grievance survives for the Telugu people and the
court should dismiss the case!

from:  Murthiram
Posted on: Apr 13, 2014 at 16:24 IST

If the film was based on imaginary story, why then name it after Thenali Raman? The title should be changed to, say, Then Pandi Raman!

from:  vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 22:43 IST

The Judiciary to step in and quash this petition and also this is a
precedence for all similar future cases. We all need to understand
that there is a Censor board and ONLY they can object, edit and
approve films. Once approved and cleared - NO ONE should be allowed
to block a film. India is moving back in time as far as tolerance are
concerned.

from:  kishore
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 21:03 IST

Tamils miss Vadivelu. Along with Vivek, Vadivelu gave joyous moments and laugh riots for over a decade. As Vivek once said, "Vadivelu's place continues to be vacant in Tamil films". After the era of Thangavelu, Chandrababu and Nagesh, Vivek and Vadivelu brought in their own style of comedy. As far as this movie is concerned, I don't know if the protesters themselves have seen the movie. Of late, producers are cautious not to hurt the sentiments of any section the of people. Let the movie, that has already been censored, be allowed to be released.

from:  Chandramouli
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 19:22 IST

How can self respecting people and patriots tolerate a film where a joker enacts the role of
the great Krishna Deva Raya.the release of the film should be withheld

from:  H.R.S.Mani
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 16:38 IST

Do courts have enough time to review such useless petitions.

Court should quash these type of petitions at the nip, since the film is already reviewed by Censor board or else the justice dept should take responsibility for reviewing films and other entertainment shows.

from:  Maran
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 15:37 IST

The film maker clearly said "the film was based on an imaginary story
conceived on the morals in popular folk tales, and was not a historic
representation of the life of any person."
Let us not make an issue to disturb the release of the film. We already
miss Vadivelu for the last three years.

from:  K.J.Haroon Basha
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 15:37 IST

Instead of
wasting time on these kind imaginary story movies, they could do
better things for betterment of society. Movie and story writings are
of special arts and they should be supported by govt to increase these
professions not mention TN CM herself grown up by the same industry. I
could understand the religious sentiments and offends some movie
generates but these kind crap argument is not valid for this movie and
is not against any constitution and TN govt should act sensibly and
let the movie run on theaters

from:  john
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 15:14 IST

I guess this is also a move by groups to stop Vadivelu's comeback. The
rise of such demands to ban books and movies is alarming. India might
actually be rated below many underdeveloped countries in terms of
tolerance. Is Vadivelu not a human being? Just because he is a
comedian,is he not allowed to portray a king? And most of the Indian
kings(if not all) were polygamous,including Krishnadevaraya!!

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 15:00 IST

A large section of people in our country lack intellectual sense and consider every single thing personally. In western countries, Germany for instance, people make fun of politicians, royal families and bishops openly in the funniest way in the TV shows, and it is taken with the humor and accepted! Only if the mentality of the people changes, there is a chance for acceptance! However, as we are Indians, we have special traditions, special cultural values and special approaches. Eventually, we subdivide ourselves and our thoughts, although we simply talk about unity in diversity, without knowing the sense of these words!

from:  Rizwan
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 14:28 IST

we have got few retarded people like these unable to see the comedy sense of the movie. These are the people who are not worried about lot of community issues such as womens equality. There are lot of movies in telugu which is full of crap and these guys should probably fix problem in their language and not to worry about tamil movies.

from:  nandy
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 13:58 IST

Mr. Ramachandran the previous commented, must have known that free
expression should be in a way, not hurting the sentiments of any region
of people.

from:  kishor
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 13:20 IST

The producers should go through the book "A Forgotten Empire (Vijayanagar): a contribution to the history of India (Translation of the Chronica dos reis de Bisnaga written by Domingos Paes and Fernão Nunes about 1520 and 1535, respectively, with a historical introduction by Robert Sewell)" before trying to release the movie. Any attempt to insult the great poet "Tenali Ramakrishna Kavi" or the greatest emperor of all times to ever rule Southern India "Sri Krishna Devaraya" may not be taken lightly by Telugu people all over the world.

from:  Vinay Gavini
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 10:47 IST

If chauvinist elements have their way, it will be a great challenge to
alternative perceptions and thinking in India. These kill-joys should
be shown their place. Interestingly, these guys are not offended if
some vested interests give call to adjust with heinous crimes like
rape. Curiously they are offended by some innocuous books and light-
hearted comedy. Their intention is to silence and suppress human urge
for self-expression. Only a spirited campaign by the free thinkers can
silence these rabble rousers.

from:  P. Vijayachandran
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 08:15 IST

That some Telugu outfits protest against the film 'Tenalirama' is unfortunate. All kings of yore had many wives and children. We need not hold that against the great king Krishnadevaraya. He was a very progressive king who was much ahead of his times. Tenalirama on the other hand was regressive and foolish. A case in point is the progressive outlook of the king on caste. There is a legend that when his barber gave him a shave when he was asleep without waking him up he admired his skill so much the next day he declared that he had been elevated to the brahmin caste which was objected to by regressive groups spearheaded by Tenalirama. The king correctly interpreted the caste system and its dynamics. Tenali we are told brought a black dog and scraped it with a brick trying to make it white. The dog was screaming in pain and when the king questioned it he seems to have said if he could make a barber a brahmin why couldn't he turn a black dog white! How idiotic he was. We have many idiots.

from:  chris theodore
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 03:43 IST

By all means TenaliRaman is a character based on many hear say stories
of wit and comedy put together based on some loose historical
evidence. I am deeply disgusted with the way these so called
oppositions are happening in TN. We have suddenly become so touchy.
These groups need publicity and there so called Community
representatives are projecting themselves as leaders over petty
nonsensical issues. None of the political parties have condemned this
as the elections are just days away. These outfits have sensed that
and are trying to rebrand themselves so that they will get some
mileage in the next election. I pity these half-baked community
leaders and this nation!!

from:  Govindarajan
Posted on: Apr 12, 2014 at 02:20 IST
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