AFP News –
A Bollywood spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war has been pulled from British and some Indian theatres after protests over its depiction of rebel fighters, the movie’s distributors said Saturday.
Madras Cafe, which opened Friday, features John Abraham as an Indian secret agent sent to Sri Lanka during the island’s decades-long conflict between the government and separatist Tamil rebels.
But the film has failed to reach a number of cinema halls after ethnic Tamil populations in India and in Britain complained that they were unfairly portrayed.
“Our UK exhibitors, Cineworld, decided to hold back the film after protesters gathered outside their UK offices,” said Rudrarup Datta, marketing head at the film’s Indian co-producer and distributor Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
“Exhibitors do not want to take a risk and withdrawing screenings of the film is their prerogative,” Datta said.
No British cinemas are currently showing the film although they were still hopeful of a release at a later date, he added.
A full release has gone ahead in the United States, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
Indian media reports said theatres also refused to show the film in southern Tamil Nadu state after protests from its large Tamil population.
Activist group Naam Tamilar (We Tamils) asked the state government to block the film’s release, unhappy that rebels were depicted as “terrorists”, according to media reports.
In Britain, an online petition was launched calling for a halt to the film’s release there because it was believed to portray Tamils “in a poor light”. Nearly 2,000 people have given their support to the petition.
The film passed India’s censors with no cuts and a parental guidance certificate, and was classified for those aged over 15 in Britain, while director Shoojit Sircar has insisted the movie does not take sides.
“Since the release, so many Tamil people have tweeted that there is nothing anti-Tamil about the film. People have the right to protest but you cannot stop cinema-lovers from watching a film and deciding for themselves,” Sircar told AFP.
The bloody conflict in Sri Lanka, which cost up to 100,000 lives, erupted between government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who were fighting for an independent Tamil state. Both sides are accused of human rights violations.
Sri Lankan troops declared an end to 37 years of ethnic war after wiping out the leadership of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009.
Sri Lanka has resisted international pressure for an independent investigation into war crimes despite what the UN calls “credible allegations” of up to 40,000 civilians killed in the final battles in 2009.
People who have recent encounters with her realized that behind AB’s alleged sweetness lies some bitchiness and arrogance, too. More often, it’s the stars themselves who debunk the public’s positive perception of them. Their disgusting behavior leave people totally dismayed and flabbergasted.
AB’s neighbors have began complaining about her arrogance and callousness regarding the noise that she and her friends cause within the neighborhood. What was once their peaceful existence has turned upside down, noisy and rowdy.
AB loves throwing parties regularly in the house with her friends. Reportedly, they party till the wee hours, totally unmindful of the noise they create amid the stillness of the night – neighbors are like their captive victims for hours. Needless to say, music ceases to be pleasurable when it’s played beyond decibels that one’s ears can take.
A neighbor once complained and politely requested AB to tone down their music since it was already late at night, but the brat in AB surfaced, and instead of getting embarrassed, AB reportedly upped the volume even more. Indeed, AB’s name is a misnomer.
If AB is smart enough, maybe she could have the answer as to why a recent unfortunate event happened. This is not to say that the neighbors are guilty of some cruelty, but let’s play devil’s advocate that the possibility is there. After exhausting all means and not getting results, desperation can get to anybody’s nerves and make one able to hit back at the enemy where it will hurt the most. In this case, with neighbors wanting to send AB a strong message – something so dear to her became the sacrificial lamb.
Moral of the story: Be sensitive to your neighbors and always treat them right.
“A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.”~ Trygve Lie
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“Eat Bulaga!” widens lead from “Be Careful With My Heart” as the most-watched daytime program in Mega Manila for the time frame August 11 to 17, 2013 (week 33) according to Kantar Media with an average rating of 12.2%.
“Be Careful With My Heart” registered a single digit rating for the period: 9.9%.
GMA-7 dominated the list with six programs in the Top 10 while TV5′s “Aksyon” entered the leaderboard for the first time.
Here are the Top 10 Weekday Daytime Programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:
Kapuso teleserye “Anna Karenina” is still the most-watched primetime program in Mega Manila for the time frame August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media with an average rating of 16.8%. Following closely at no. 2 is “24 Oras” with 16%.
Among the programs in the Top 10, 4 are from ABS-CBN and 6 are from GMA-7.
“Mundo Mo’y Akin” dropped another notch to no. 3 this period with an average rating of 15.9%.
“My Husband’s Lover” (14.2%) bested rival program “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” (12.0%).
Here are the Top 10 Weekday Primetime programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:
Kapuso drama anthology “Magpakailanman” is still the most-watched weekend program in Mega Manila for the time frame August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media with a rating of 18.5%, more than 2% higher that its previous rating. “The Voice of The Philippines” is no longer in the Top 10.
Weekend is now dominated by GMA-7 in Mega Manila with 7 programs in the Top 10. TV5′s coverage of FIBA Asia 2013 enters the list at no. 5 with an average rating of 14%.
“Celebrity Buff” took the no. 2 slot from “The Voice of the Philippines” with a rating of 16%. The Kapamilya singing competition which previously at no. 2 is no longer in the Top 10.
Here are the Top 10 Weekend Programs in Mega Manila from August 11 to 17, 2013 according to Kantar Media:
Aside from the sick dance moves, the music video of Chinese-South Korean boyband EXO for the single “Growl” also features a no-cut sequence that is extremely difficult to produce.
“Growl” is the follow up single to the band’s first studio album “XOXO” which was launched last May.
EXO is composed of Kris, Suho, Xiumin, Lu Han, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Tao, Kai and Sehun.
Watch the music video here: