Row over 'Thuppakki' ends after Jaya's intervention

The row over Tamil movie ''Thuppakki'' (“The Gun),  which gave an impression that ''all Muslims are terrorists,'' has been amicably settled after the intervention of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.

‘Thuppakki’, released in the time of Deepavali festival, had drawn the ire of various Islamic groups who alleged that several scenes in the movie tarnish the image of the Muslim community and religion. The movie focuses on terrorist sleeper cells and their plans to set off bombs at 10 places in Mumbai, a veiled reference to the 26/11 terror attacks.

The Muslim organisations protested the alleged “sweeping characterisation” of Muslims and linking them to terrorism and demanded deletion of those scenes from the film.

Fearing that the situation may worsen and disturb the secular fabric of the state, the state government intervened. Chief Minister J Jayalalitha directed the state home secretary to hold talks with both the sides and resolve the issue amicably.

Accordingly, the home secretary had called the representatives of the Muslim organisations and the film production unit, including actor Vijay, director Murgadoss and producer ‘Kalaipuli’ Thanu, for talks.

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