, TNN | Nov 26, 2011 Director Sohan Roy tries to steer clear of all the controversy surrounding his latest release
Sohan Roy's Dam 999, which released in Kerala theatres on November 25,
is still unleashing a flood of controversies. The movie has been hogging
the limelight for its presumed link to the Mullaperiyar Dam issue
between Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the latter state's ban on the release
of the movie.
Now, Sohan says
that the state's ban is probably because some of Tamil Nadu's political
chiefs may have mistaken the film for being an existing do*****entary on
Mullaperiyar that is titled The Lethal Water Bombs, which incidentally
his team had shot earlier.
"They would have thought
that the do*****entary would have been made into the film and that has
probably caused this unfortunate ban," says Sohan. "Just give it a week
or two and they will realize that the film is about something else
altogether," he adds.
Though the director says that
sentiments of the Tamilians are understandable, he claims that he can't
comprehend as to how people can ban a movie even before watching it.
""I expected more support TN where the film industry and politics are
"There were three screenings in Tamil Nadu and people who had seen Dam 999
saw that it is not even connected to the issue on hand. The problem is
created by those who haven't watched the film," explains the director,
adding that even most of the post-production crew was from TN and they
were happy with the final product.
although he has currently stalled his plans on approaching the Supreme
Court to lift the ban, he would revisit his decision if the movie is not
released in TN in about a week.
As for those who
watched the film on the first day of its release, it was disappointment
all the way. The audience walked in with high expectations only to
realize that the collapse of the dam is just a minor part of the