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Pastor wants to ban film on conversion and fake Atrocities Act cases

A Tamil movie’s trailer has hit the raw nerve of missionaries as it speaks about converted Christians using the Protection of Civil Rights(PCR) Act and SC ST Atrocities Act to slap fake cases. A pastor has filed a complaint against the director of the film and sought to ban it.

The trailer of Rudra Thandavam, a Tamil movie directed by Mohan G was released on August 24. It was an instant hit and reached 5 million views in no time. It talks about a hardly discussed social issue of SC, STs who have converted out of Hindu dharma illegally using laws drafted for Hindu SC, STs’ protection. It also talks about how anyone pointing this out is stamped as a casteist.

The plot seems to be such that the lead, a police officer, taking on drug mafia, is slapped with a fake PCR and Atrocities Act. His lawyer argues in the court that SCs who have converted out of Hindu dharma cannot use either of the acts. There are also dialogues about how waking up to this truth will result in people thinking twice before converting.

It talks about how Hindu deities are abused by those who follow abrahamic religions and the need to expose them. This has set the liberals’ pants on fire and The News Minute even wrote an article accusing the film of promoting caste pride while totally missing the issue of misusing PCR and Atrocities Act.

The trailer found a national audience and the director was applauded for breaking the OMERTA code in the film industry after BJP leader Kapil Mishra tweeted about it. Now, pastor Sam Yesudoss, the chief of All India Christians Rights Movement, has filed a complaint against the director claiming that the film portrays Christians wrongly. 

Alleging that the film could fan communal tensions and incite violence the pastor has demanded that the director be arrested. Last year, the same pastor had lodged a complaint against releasing another film Mookuthi Amman and pressured the film crew to remove a scene about faith healing. He had lent his support to DMK in 2016 and 2021 assembly elections and asked his followers and fellow Christians to vote for DMK.

In a video, pastor Yesudoss had said that he had been “promised some things” by DMK leaders. Later there were rumours that a ‘young leader’ of DMK was behind removing the faith healing scene from the movie. The young leader is suspected to be Udhayanidhi Stalin, son of CM MK.Stalin and an actor cum producer himself. If he could do that when DMK wasn’t in power, it is anyone’s what he can do as the power centre of the present government. 

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