FILM DIRECTOR FLIES BACK TO
CHENNAI TO OBTAIN THE ROBBED FILM PRABHAKARAN TAKEN BY A
By Walter Jayawardhana
scene from Prabhakaran
The director of the film entitled Prabhakaran, gave up his hospital
bed protest fast and proceeded to Gemini Colour Laboratories, in Chennai,
Tamil Nadu to obtain his robbed film by a suspected Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) instigated mob.
Sri Lankan government sources said he traveled to Chennai with special
security provided by the Indian government on the request of the Sri
Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama.
Sources close to his family said the Indian Central government intervened
on behalf of the victim and instructed the Tamil Nadu authorities to
obtain the film snatched from the hands of the director, Thushara Peiris
at the Gemini Colour laboratories by the mob.
After the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister told the producer of the film
that New Delhi would intervene in the matter , Thushara peiris with
laceration injuries to his backand a broken nose caused by the marauding
mob provoked by suspected LTTE elements in the city discharged himself
from the Nawaloka Hospital where he started the protest fast and flew
to Chennai with the producer of the film , Saman Chandrasiri, the sources
The injured director started his protest fast , March 26th and gave
it up March 27th after Sri Lankan Foreign Minister promised to intervene.
According to the mob , Peiris said, they were furious that he had made
an anti-Tamil film , a canard believed to have been spread by the LTTE.
Sri Lankan cinema artists who were very supportive of the Director
were flocked to his private hospital room, sources said.
By attacking the the director , the LTTE has given, unprecedented
publicity to the film because of the number of headlines it made in
Colombo and Chennai, the sources said.
Famous actress Nilmini Tennekoon fed him when he decided to give up