A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court, seeking an interim stay on the release of Ramgopal Verma’s latest multi-lingual film Killing Veerappan, which is based on the police operation that led to the killing of Veerappan, the much-dreaded south Indian forest brigand. An infamous sandalwood smuggler, Veerappan was killed in 2004 in a joint operation by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Panneerselvi, a villager from Salem, has filed the petition alleging that the movie is filled up with false information which could trigger law and order problems in Tamil Nadu. “The director of the film has degraded Tamils, speficically women”, said Paneerselvi in her petition. “The movie falsely depicts the wife of Veerappan as having killed several persons”. She further alleged that the film falsely claimed that Karnataka police alone had taken all steps to curb Veerappan.
Seeking an interim stay on the film, which is set to release on January 1, the petitioner urged the state Home Secretary and the Censor Board’s regional office to file a report with regard to the issue of U certificate to the film.