Release Ambedkar film in 4 weeks: HC
TNN, May 18, 2010, 03.11am IST
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government
to take a decision on extending tax concession to the dubbed version
of feature film 'Dr Balasaheb Ambedkar' and ensure its release in the
state within four weeks.
The first bench comprising the acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao
and Justice KK Sasidharan gave this direction on a public interest
petition filed by advocate S Sathia Chandran recently.
Originally produced in English in 2006, the film featuring actor
Mammootty was subsequently dubbed in several languages including Hindi
The Tamil Nadu government sanctioned Rs 10 lakh as grant for dubbing
the film in Tamil. It was directed by Jabbar Patel, and Mammootty won
the national award for his performance.
In the present petition, Sathia Chandran said that since the public
money of Rs 10 lakh had been granted for the film, the state
government had a public duty to ensure the release of the film so that
the target audience could watch the film.
If the film is released, it would awaken and enlighten the toiling
masses towards working for an egalitarian and truly casteless society,
which is the ideal and dream of Dr Ambedkar, Sathia Chandran
As there was no reply for representations and reminders, the advocate
preferred the present PIL.
When the matter was taken up, the National Film Development
Corporation Limited (NFDC), which produced the film, told the court
that distribution rights for the film had already been given and the
process of getting tax exemption for the film from the state
government was on. Immediately after getting tax exemption, action
would be taken to release the film in Tamil Nadu, its counsel
Kokilavani told the bench.
Government pleader J Raja Kalifulla said the government too was
interested in the early release of the film.
Recording the statement, the judges said: "The NFDC should take all
possible steps to release the film at an early date."
They then asked the authorities to decide on the issue of tax
concession within two weeks, and to ensure the release of the film
within four weeks.
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