Clashes erupted on Saturday at the audio launch of a Tamil movie based on the Sri Lankan army’s killing of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s son Balachandran. Pulipaarvai, or the Tiger view, made by Praveen Gandhi, talks about the last days of the 12-year-old and is eagerly awaited in Tamil Nadu.
On Saturday, tension prevailed at the audio launch of the movie. Four students sustained injuries after a wordy duel degenerated into a physical battle. A few students were taken into custody.Produced by Vendhar Movies, the movie’s audio launch took place in a multiplex and union minister and BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan was also present.
As the event started, some students stood up from the audience and expressed reservations about the movie. Well-known movie director Seeman, who heads the Naam Thamizhar outfit that has fought for the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka, tried to pacify them and said the issues could be discussed in a different forum at a later date. But the students stood firm that the film should not be released, and continued to raise slogans. Another group of students then emerged and confronted the protesters. That led to clashes.
Interestingly, the identity of the music director of the film has not been disclosed so far though the audio has been released. All that the filmmaker would say is that the music was composed by two people who have worked on seven numbers for the film.He revealed that one of the songs is on Buddha, which is relevant as the film is made in Sri Lanka.
Photographs of Balachandran having his food before the army summarily executed him has shocked the world last year. One of them shows the boy sitting in a bunker, alive and unharmed, apparently in the custody of Sri Lankan troops. Another, a few hours later, shows the boy’s body lying on the ground, his chest pierced by bullets.
The images were taken in May 2009 at the very end of the army’s final battle that annihilated the Tamil Tigers which had carried out an armed campaign for nearly three decades for an independent homeland. A forensic pathologist has said the boy was shot five times in the chest.