The Madras High Court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to Sarkar film director A R Murugadoss on a petition filed by him fearing arrest by the Chennai police in connection with the controversy over the film.
Barring the police from arresting him, Justice G.K. Ilanthiraiyan adjourned the case to Nov 27 after posing some uncomfortable questions to the Government.
Murugadoss moved the High Court in the morning after the Chennai police came knocking on his house on Thursday night following AIADMK Ministers’ State-wide protest against some controversial scenes showing people setting fire to mixies and grinders given as poll sops by the party.
During the hearing, the judge asked sarcastically: “ Why only mixies and grinders? Why not television sets also?” Admonishing the Government, judge observed, “ let’s treat cinema as cinema”.
He also asked the police what action it had taken against protestors who tore down banners and posters in various theatres where it was screened.
The police denied it had registered any case against Murugadoss.
Meanwhile the film was screened across the State after producer Kalanidhi Maran deleted the scene showing burning of mixies and grinders muted the name of former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s other name Komalavalli given to a vamp in the movie.
The controversy and the AIADMK protests gave a big publicity boost to the film and it ran to packed houses after it was recertified by the censor board.
Following Kamal Hassan, fellow actor Rajini Kanth has also condemned the attempt to disrupt the screening of the film after it has been cleared by the censors.