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'Dam 999' Screening bans in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday 24 November, announced that the screening of the controversial movie 'Dam999' would be banned in the state.


 The two-line official statement stated, "The Tamil Nadu government has decided to ban with immediate effect the film Dam999, which is creating fear among the people regarding the Mullaperiyar dam."

Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the main opposition DMK,PMK and MDMK have demanded a ban on the film "in the interests of the people" of the state. Director Sohan Roy's movie 'Dam999' was scheduled for a worldwide release on November 25.
DMK President M.Karunanidhi said while the Mullaperiyar dam issue remained unresolved for many years, some people have made the film giving it a "motivated title", referring to the 999 year rights held by Tamil Nadu over Mullaperiyar dam. "if the film is released in the state, it will affect cordial ties between people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and create law and order problem.", he said. 
MDMK chief Vaiko said the film which is financed by Keralites, starring Indian and Hollywood actors and directed by Sohan Roy - has been named 'Dam 999', referring to the legal rights held by Tamil Nadu over the dam for 999 years. 
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