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    Default An Unidentified Group Torched A Raavanan Cinema Hall

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    Calling for boycott of films featuring Indian film stars who failed to attend the recently held IIFA awards ceremony in Colombo, a group in eastern Sri Lanka has torched a cinema hall for showing 'Raavanan'.An unidentified group has called on theatre owners in Batticaloa to refrain from screening movies produced in Tamilnadu in a move to hit back at Indian film stars who boycotted the IIFA awards ceremony in Colombo.The group sent Sinhala and Tamil handbills to cinema owners, telling them to stop the screening of south Indian movies from June 18 till the end of the month.
    The handbill says the boycott by the Indian artistes of the IIFA event had brought disrepute to Sri Lanka and therefore, such a retaliation was just and appropriate.The giant screen at the Shanthi Cinema in eastern Batticaloa was torched on Thursday. This was a day before the movie 'Raavanan' was released.The film’s main star cast Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and director Mani Ratnam were among those who did not attend the IIFA ceremony in Colombo, toeing the south Indian film industry’s boycott of the event to protest against alleged war crimes by Sri Lanka

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