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Madras HC Orders CBFC To Certify ‘Marina Puratchi’ In 7 Days

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The Madras High Court has ordered the Central Board of Film Certification to decide on the certification of Marina Puratchi in seven days, starting from the day the director produces proof that the film has no harmful content.


Raj’s Marina Puratchi is based on the 8 day protest in January 2017, when Tamil people across the world demanded a removal of the ban on Jallikattu. The director of the film had filed a case against the censor board claiming that the board did not approve the film, and had not given any valid reason for it.  The Madras High Court heard the case and issued a notice to Central Board of Film Certification, demanding an explanation for not certifying the film.

Yesterday, the court heard the case again, and ordered the director to appear in front of the revising committee two days after receiving the court’s order copy. He was asked to submit proof and explanation for the film, to justify that it did not have harmful content that would disrupt the state’s harmony.

The court asked the CBFC to certify the film in seven days, after the director submits documents regarding the film. The court also asked the board to certify the film based on facts and goodness.

About the film, director Raj told Silverscreen, “It is purely based on Jallikattu protests and the truth behind it. There is nothing cooked up or exaggerated to make it dramatic. There is absolutely nothing against the government or religious sentiments of people. We have tried to tell the story from all perspectives without a bias. We only want to tell people what exactly happened. So I cannot even suspect any political motive behind this.”


It was scheduled for a Pongal release. Raj told, “This is the second year Jallikattu will happen. We wanted to release the film during Pongal, so we planned accordingly and sent it to the censor board early in September.”

The film stars Naveen and Shruthi as the lead actors. They had both participated in the protests. Raj Mohan of Put Chutney fame, a popular YouTube channel, also has an important role in the film. Produced by Nachiyal Films, the cinematography is done by Velraj, who has worked on Vada Chennai, Kadaikutty Singam and other films.