This Article is From Jan 06, 2012

SC notice to Tamil Nadu on movie ban

SC notice to Tamil Nadu on movie ban

Highlights

  • The Supreme Court today issued notice to Tamil Nadu on a petition filed by Sohan Roy, producer of the controversial disaster film Dam 999, for lifting the ban imposed by it on the film in the state.
  • The Tamil Nadu government will have 10 days to respond to the court.
  • The film triggered conflict between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar Dam. It shows the aftermath of a dam that collapses in China, based on the real-life Banqiao dam disaster of 1975.
  • Last month the Jayalalithaa government had banned film in Tamil Nadu saying the film refers to the Mullaperiyar Dam dispute and may create panic among the people of the state. Calling the ban a "challenge" to creative people, Sohan Roy moved the Supreme Court against the ban.
  • "The film Dam 999 does not refer to the present Mullaperiyar dispute between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The movie talks about dam disaster only," he said in his petition.
  • The Supreme Court had then asked the Tamil Nadu government to hear the objections of Mr Roy on December 12 and pass appropriate orders by December 16.
  • The Tamil Nadu government then decided to extend the suspension by six months. The director said he has no option but to approach the Supreme Court again.
  • Meanwhile, Dam999 gearing up to make it big at the Oscars. The film features among the 265 feature films shortlisted for the 2011 Best Picture Oscar.
  • In addition, three songs from DAM 999 are among the 39 shortlisted numbers in contention for nominations in the Original Song category at the Oscars.
  • The list was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its official website. Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu, DAM999 Theme Song and Mujhe Chhod Ke are the three songs from DAM 999 that are vying for a place in the final nomination list for the category.
  • International films Rio and The Muppets are the only other films with three songs each in the list.
  • The Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in Los Angeles Jan 5, 2012. Following the screenings, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system of voting.
  • Under Academy rules, a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.
  • The final 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced January 24, 2012, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued notice to Tamil Nadu on a petition filed by Sohan Roy, producer of the controversial disaster film Dam 999, for lifting the ban imposed by it on the film in the state.

The Tamil Nadu government will have 10 days to respond to the court.

The film triggered conflict between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar Dam. It shows the aftermath of a dam that collapses in China, based on the real-life Banqiao dam disaster of 1975.

Last month the Jayalalithaa government had banned film in Tamil Nadu saying the film refers to the Mullaperiyar Dam dispute and may create panic among the people of the state. Calling the ban a "challenge" to creative people, Sohan Roy moved the Supreme Court against the ban.

"The film Dam 999 does not refer to the present Mullaperiyar dispute between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The movie talks about dam disaster only," he said in his petition.

The Supreme Court had then asked the Tamil Nadu government to hear the objections of Mr Roy on December 12 and pass appropriate orders by December 16.

The Tamil Nadu government then decided to extend the suspension by six months. The director said he has no option but to approach the Supreme Court again.

Meanwhile, Dam999 gearing up to make it big at the Oscars. The film features among the 265 feature films shortlisted for the 2011 Best Picture Oscar.

In addition, three songs from DAM 999 are among the 39 shortlisted numbers in contention for nominations in the Original Song category at the Oscars.

The list was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its official website. Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu, DAM999 Theme Song and Mujhe Chhod Ke are the three songs from DAM 999 that are vying for a place in the final nomination list for the category.

International films Rio and The Muppets are the only other films with three songs each in the list.

The Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in Los Angeles Jan 5, 2012. Following the screenings, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system of voting.

Under Academy rules, a maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

The final 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced January 24, 2012, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.