Madras high court rejects PIL against Dhanush-starrer 'Velaiyilla Pattathari'

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 13 Agustus 2014 | 08.20

CHENNAI: Seeking to liberate films from the grips of a "super censor board" and a "super authority," the Madras high court on Wednesday refused to entertain a public interest litigation (PIL) against Tamil film "Velaiyilla Pattathari" starring Dhanush, superstar Rajnikanth's son-in-law.

"Every citizen cannot become a super censor board or a super authority in the form of petitioning the court under a PIL," observed the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan.

The judges were passing orders on a PIL of S Cyril Alexander, convener of the Tamil Nadu People's Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC).

Alexander's counsel S Sathia Chandran noted that the film did not run the statutory disclaimer during smoking scenes as required by the Prohibition of Tobacco Advertisement, Promotion, Sponsorship of COPTA - Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Acts, 2003.

The counsel said the petitioner's representation to the state-level monitoring committee was of no avail.

Advertisements and banners of the film erected in theatres across the state prominently carried the picture of Dhanush, he said, adding that the film did not run the statutory disclaimer lasting for minimum 20 seconds.

Refusing to entertain the PIL, the judges said: "Representations are said to have been made to the committee. It is for the committee to find out whether there is any violation or not. We are thus not inclined to entertain the petition."


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