Days before the theatrical release of Tamil adult horror comedy Irandam Kuththu, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the filmmakers to remove the film’s teaser from social media.
The court, while hearing a public interest litigation, observed that teasers with obscene content will ruin the minds of the young.
Talking to Silverscreen India, Irandam Kuththu’s director Santhosh P Jayakumar said that he was yet to receive the order and further action could only be taken after it arrived. Asked if removing the teaser from social media would affect the film’s promotions, he said: “My teaser was removed from the official site (YouTube) four weeks back. I don’t think many people are aware of that. It was my personal opinion and so I removed it. I did this even before the case came into the hearing.”
According to Puthiya Thalaimurai, a division bench of Justice N Kirubakaran and Justice B Pugalendhi said: “The dialogues and scenes from the movie are explicit and use double meaning without any decency and morality. With the increase in crimes against children and women, such teasers getting shared on social media will not do any good. It may lead to an increase in such crimes.”
After the teaser of Irandam Kuththu was released in October, many people, including veteran director Bharathiraja, condemned the film for its explicit content. Following the director’s condemnation, Panangattu Padai Katchi’s leader A Hari Nadar filed a police complaint on October 9 against the makers of Irandam Kuththu, requesting action be taken against them.
After major Indian digital cinema service providers like UFO Moviez and Qube Cinema decided to waive Virtual Print Fee for films releasing in November, Irandam Kuththu was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with 32 cuts and given an ‘A’ certificate. According to The Times of India report, a petitioner originally sought to restrain the release of the film but the court refused to do so as it cannot act in place of the (CBFC).
Irandam Kuththu is the sequel to the 2018 horror-comedy Iruttu AraIyil Murattu Kuthu, also directed by Santhosh. The sequel stars the director along with Daniel Annie Pope, Karishma Kaul, Akrithi Singh, and Motta Rajendran. The film will release in theatres on Saturday.