Vanniyar Sangam issues legal notice to Suriya, seeks Rs 5 cr as damages

The Vanniyar Sangam State President has issued a legal notice to actor Suriya and TJ Gnanavel, the director of Jai Bhim demanding that the makers of the film tender an unconditional apology and remove scenes which they dubbed defamatory.

The legal notice also asked those behind the film to “cease and desist from making or publishing any false, malicious and defamatory remarks against (the Vanniyar) community and its people.” The notice also sought damages in Rs 5 crore “within a period of seven days from the time and date of receipt of this notice.”The legal notice alleges that though the incidents represented in the movie are based on real life events, the character of the policeman who tortures Rajakannu has been deliberately depicted as belonging to the Vanniyar caste.

“Our client states that you have retained the real names of the real characters in the real incident in the movie … But deliberately you have changed the name of the sub-inspector. In the real story, the sub-inspector  who is involved in the custodial death of the under trial was called Anthonysamy, who was Christian by religion.”