Karnan, the upcoming Tamil film starring Dhanush in the lead role, ran into trouble after a plea was filed against the film’s makers at the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court over the lyrics of the song Pandarathi Puranam on Thursday.
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According to an India Today report, the petition was filed by Prabhu from Madurai. He alleged that the lyrics of the song hurts the sentiments of certain communities in Tamil Nadu and asked for the song to be removed. He has also requested a ban on the film’s release until action has been taken.
Prabhu has also asked for the censor certificate of the song to be revoked.
Based on his plea, the court is set to send legal notices to the makers of Karnan, YouTube, and the Central Board of Film Certification, the report added.
Karnan is directed by Mari Selvaraj and is produced by Kalaippuli S Thanu. Music has been composed by Santhosh Narayanan. On March 2, the makers released the second single from the film, Pandarathi Puranam, which is sung by Deva. Lyrics have been written by Yugabharathi.
The film is set to release in theatres on April 9.
The film’s publicity manager Riaz told Silverscreen India, “A decision on the matter will be taken by the producer and director. We cannot comment on that. As this problem is going on, parallelly, they are working on the final copy of the film too.”
The matter will next be heard on April 16.
Karnan is a period drama set in the 90s against the backdrop of Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. The film also stars Malayalam actor Rajisha Vijayan, who will be making her Tamil debut, Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli, Gouri Kishan, Natarajan Subramaniam, and Yogi Babu.