Now, another South Indian film has landed into controversy after Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam. Certain scenes in the film Kadal, directed and co-produced by Mani Ratnam, are being objected to by the Christian community. The controversy is about some scenes between lead actors purportedly showing Christians in bad light.
Kadal, meaning 'the sea', is a Tamil drama film featuring debutants Gautham Karthik and Radha in the lead roles with music and background score by A. R. Rahman. The film revolves around life of Christian fishermen. The film reportedly depicts how faith can sometimes lead to the triumph of humanity, but the osculating scenes with minor characters in the film are being objected to by a section of the society. The film was released worldwide on February 1.
Ratnam had earlier clarified and justified the importance of the intimate scenes as a part of the story line of the film. However, the Indian Christian Democratic Party (ICDP) has alleged that the film had objectionable scenes referring to Christianity.
Claiming that the film depicted their community in a bad and cloddish manner, ICDP has warned film producers to intensify their protests if the scenes are not deleted along with submitting a memorandum to police. However, the producers of the film maintain that the film has the deep 'philosophical and spiritual' message of triumph of good over evil.