Chennai: The Madras high court has ordered notice to Central Board of Film Certification and JSB film studio, producer of Tamil film “Merlin”, which was released on February 23, on a public interest litigation, seeking to remove a particular scene in the film, which is derogatory and insult to women in society.
The First Bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose before whom the PIL filed by Praveena Charumathi Sampathkumar of Chennai, ordered notice and posted to March 16, further hearing of the case.
According to petitioner, “Merlin” is a Tamil film written and directed by Keera, starring Vishnu Priyan and Ashwini Chandrashekar in the lead roles.
The film was produced by JSB film Studio and was released on February 23. She went to watch the film in SPI Cinemas, Perambur on February 25. She was shocked to find a statement in the movie where a priest states that in most of the cases only women has been possessed by ghost and one of the main reasons for them being possessed was not having sex. She was shocked to find such statement in a movie which has been given “U” certificate by Censor Board. She gave a representation to the Censor Board to direct the producer not to screen the movie with such a derogatory statement against women.
She also requested them to remove such a statement from the film, which was being screened all over Tamil Nadu. Since, there was no response, she has filed the present petition, she added....