For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 June 2010, 09:32 GMT]
Unidentified persons breaking into Shanthi Theatre in Kaaththaankudi police division in Batticaloa Thursday night set fire to the screen and the stage and left handbills which said that no theatres in the North and East should show any South Indian film for a week according to the complaint made to Kaaththankudi police by Shanthi Theatre owner.
The anonymous handbill left behind by the paramilitary personnel warned against the theatres that screen South Indian Films from 18 June to 30 June. It said the ‘measure’ was a protest against South Indian film industry that boycotted the Indian showbiz event early this month.
In Batticaloa district, only Sellam Theatre in Chengkaladi and Shanthi Theatre in Kalladi are screening South Indian films.
The other theatres in Batticaloa district Subaraj, Vijaya and Rajeswari have stopped operating.