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Friday Release: A controversial 'DAM999'

Rohit Vats | http://nawabjha

Updated: November 24, 2011, 5:40 PM IST
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Friday Release: A controversial 'DAM999'
The order banning the film describes the film as something which can disturb the law and order situation.

New Delhi: The ban on the film 'DAM999' by the Tamil Nadu government has brought the issue of Mullaperiyar dam to the forefront. The order banning the film describes the film as something which can disturb the law and order situation.

Main opposition party of the state DMK had also demanded the ban in the interest of the people.

Nobody expressed the willingness to hear the director Sohan Roy's side who finds the situation unfortunate.

Roy is not wrong in his perception because the Censor Board has already cleared the film. However such attacks on the creative freedom of the directors are not new for the film fraternity in India. In fact some filmmakers have been accused of using such controversies for the promotion of their films.

The director has openly said that the film does not have any reference to the Mullaperiyar dam or the issue related to it but Tamil Nadu's Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi, who found the film competent enough to disturb the cordial relations between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, was in no mood to stop till the film's release.

The film appears to have captured several lives in the vicinity of a dam which is made by a corrupt mayor for political mileage and personal glory. The vulnerability of the dam puts millions of lives in danger. However the storyteller seems to have focussed on some unusual stories with the dam as the common link.

One of these stories is of a mariner who wants to protect his sister from wrong doers. Another plot shows two matured lovers struggling against the fate. Similarly a woman alienated from her family, a boy battling a disease and a devoted wife are captured in different sequences. Overall, 'DAM999' will present the emotions and moods entwined with the life saviour dam.

If the makers are to be believed than the film is a tribute to the 1975 Banqiao Dam disaster in china that had claimed 250,000 innocent lives.

Hollywood veterans Rob Tobin and Eric Sherman have prepared the screenplay of the film and thus the audience can expect a Hollywood style thriller from the director Sohan Roy.

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First Published: November 24, 2011, 5:40 PM IST
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