Mullaperiyar Dam case News
‘DAM 999’ director seeks police protection
Sohan Roy, director of controversial film DAM 999 which was barred from screening in Tamil Nadu, has asked for police protection to attend the hearing against the ban to be held in Chennai December 12, a release said in Kochi on Saturday. “I would be able to attend the hearing of the case, if and only if the government of Tamil Nadu provides me with police protection as I fear threats against my life from members of various political parties in Tamil Nadu,” said Roy. The film, released last month, was banned in Tamil Nadu for supposedly taking a pro-Kerala stand in the Mullaperiyar dam row. Roy had approached the apex court to lift the ban. “The hearing of the plea to lift the ban on the movie has been rescheduled for December 12. The hearing is scheduled to be held in the Office of Principal Secretary Home, Prohibition and Excise Department, Chennai,” said Roy. Dam 999, a US$10 million film, deals with the miseries of people following the collapse of a dam. Its critics say it tries to portray the dispute over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam, which is situated in Kerala and supplies water to Tamil Nadu.
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‘Dam999’ screenings banned in Tamil Nadu
The Sohan Roy film, Dam999 is banned in Tamil Nadu fearing a riot between Tamilians and Malayalees
Dam999 is rumoured to be based on the Mullaperiyar dam issue is a sore topic between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In order to maintain peace and order, the state government of Tamil Nadu banned screenings of the film with immediate effect. It is alleged that the movie is funded by Keralites and hence will portray a pro-Kerala stand in the Mullaperiyar dam case pending in the Supreme Court. Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been at loggerheads over the Mullaperiyar dam, built under an agreement signed in 1886 between the then maharaja of Travancore and the then British administration. Click here to read more