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11 December 2023

Dubai-based filmmaker wins case against his film ban

By VM Sathish

The Supreme Court of India has ordered the Tamil Nadu state government to remove a ban on a controversial movie Dam 999, the debut film of the Dubai-based marine engineer Sohan Roy.

The film, which partially features the collapse of a dam located on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu boarder areas, evoked keen interest in India. But the Tamil Nadu government banned it from being screed in theatres in the state.

"Guess Friday the 13th is indeed lucky for filmmaker Sohan Roy with his debut project ‘Dam 999’ celebrating its 50th day on screen and the Supreme Court’s verdict being announced in favour of the movie with regards to the ban it was facing in the state of Tamil Nadu," Sohan Roy said in a statement.

"The Apex Court’s final judgment came in favour of the movie stating that no state has the right to ban the release of a movie that has got a green signal from the Indian Censor Board. A similar case took place recently with relation to the movie ‘Aarakshan’ by Prakash Jha which faced ban in the states of UP, Punjab and AP," he said.

 At that time the Central Government & SC had passed an order that any movie that has got a Censorship Certificate from the Censor Board cannot be banned from releasing anywhere within the nation by the government of any state.

“Even though it's getting delayed, we are sure to get justice from SC. We urge and request the people of Tamil Nadu to see the movie first and then raise their voice, if they find the movie objectionable. We need their prayers too with a national spirit for the Oscar race”, stated Sohan Roy.

The government of Tamil Nadu has requested for a few days exemption to file a counter petition with regard to today’s order by the Supreme Court. SC has agreed for the same asking the TN to submit the affidavit before the 26th of this month. The hearing for the plea has been scheduled for February 7, 2012, when the final verdict will be announced.