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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Producers of Tamil film deny links with Rajapaksa family

From Malladi Rama Rao
New Delhi, 18 September, (Asiantribune.com):

On the eve of its audio launch, Tamil film, ‘Kaththi’ featuring actor Vijay has run into controversy with allegations that the Lyca Group, which is a producer and financier of the film, has business linkages with Sri Lanka’s first family.

The company has rejected the allegation and termed it as the creation of vested interests.

“It is misinformation”, the clarification said.

The film, an action thriller, directed by hit film-maker AR Murugadoss, is set for Diwali release.

As for the credits for the film, Music is by current favourite, Anirudh, who is working on a Vijay starrer for the first time. Editor is Sreekar Prasad and the cinematography is by George C. Williams.

Subaskaran Allirajah, chairman, Lyca Group of Companies, denied he had any business links with the Rajapaksa family.

Addressing a press conference in Chennai, he remarked that it was not the first time for his group to become a target of vested interests.

In the past too his group was portrayed wrongly in a section of the media, he said citing some incidents.

About logo of one of his companies, Lycamobiles, appearing in the background at the Sri Lanka-sponsored Commonwealth Business forum, he termed it as a morphed image and added his company has lodged a complaint with the cyber crime division of the Chennai Police.

This is for the second time the producers had issued a clarification on the linkages with Rajapaksa family.

The first clarification came in April, when a section of the on-line media reported that Lyca Communications had close links with Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa and his family.

Karunamoorthi of Ayngaran International, who is producing the film in collaboration with Lyca Communications, issued a statement to set the “record straight”.

He termed the allegation as wild rumour and rejected it as baseless.

“We are a very respected company and have been in the business of cinema for over two decades and distributed nearly 2000 Tamil films in the foreign market. As far as Kaththi is concerned Lyca Productions is funding us.

“Lyca communications is a multinational that have operations in India and Sri Lanka. They also run a foundation which helps Tamils in Sri Lanka affected by the civil war. All these wild rumours that we are being funded by Sri Lankan government is baseless,” the statement said.

Last month 65 Pro-LTTE Tamil Nationalist Organizations, and parties such as Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and the Tamilar Vaazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), opposed the release of Kaththi, and another Tamil film Puli Paarvai - Kaththi for the alleged links of the production House with Rajapaksa family, and Puli Paarvai for allegedly showing LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran in “a bad light”, and portraying his son, Balachandran, as a child soldier.

The TVK chief, Vel Murugan, a former law maker, accused that Pulipaarva was a “complete distortion of facts”, and added “This is not acceptable”.

In his reaction then, Kaththi co-producer, K. Karunamoorthi of Ayngaran International, termed the allegations against Lyca.

He also said: “Nobody has directly called me and spoken to me. Many of these organisations have come to a hasty conclusion based on hearsay without getting it clarified from us. What can we do? We will take appropriate steps before the film’s release on Deepavali. We will hold a press meet and clarify all doubts that any organisation might have about Lyca Productions. For now, I can say Mr. Allirajah has no business links with President Rajapaksa.”

In line with this promise, Subaskaran Allirajah held his presser in Chennai on Tuesday.

- Asian Tribune -

Subaskaran Allirajah -  chairman, Lyca Group of Companies
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