Tamil cinema is gearing up to witness the film adaptation of one of the worst massacres against the tribal community via Vetrimaaran's ode to the poor and the powerless - Viduthalai Part 1 tomorrow. And in the most blatant of ironies, a film theater chain in Chennai was caught on camera, committing an atrocity of its own against a tribal family.
To prefix the incident, with every star movie release in Tamil Nadu, fans usually mass buy opening day/week tickets and distribute it for free amongst those who cannot afford to buy one. Not only are these economically unfortunate people given a chance to enjoy the movie, it also serves as a moral boost for their social acceptance. Rohini Silver Screens in Chennai, Tamil Nadu has previously denied entry of such poverty-stricken audience to watch Ajith and Vijay films, despite them holding a valid ticket that has been paid for.
#WATCH | "இதுக்கு முன்னாடி இதே தியேட்டர்ல, விஜய் படத்துக்கும் எங்கள உள்ள விடல”— Sun News (@sunnewstamil) March 30, 2023
-ரோஹிணி திரையரங்கில், படம் பார்க்க மறுக்கப்பட்ட நரிக்குறவ மக்கள் பேட்டி#sunnews | #PathuThalaFDFS | #PathuThala | @RohiniSilverScr | @SilambarasanTR_ | @actorvijay | @NikileshSurya pic.twitter.com/Lpw7sJr3Xa
Silambarasan TR starrer Pathu Thala opened in theaters today, and a tribal family was denied entry to the show. The person who caught the incident on video explained to the media that he was in line to be let in when he noticed the person-in-charge of entry yelling at the family that was trying to get in as well. He even noticed that the ticket collector raised his hand and tried to shoo the family off. So he turned on his phone to capture it on video but as soon as he did, the person at the ticket barrier stopped getting vocal/physical. He is however still caught denying entry to the said family.
An incident at Rohini Theater in Chennai where a certain community was not allowed to watch the film even after buying tickets has caused a shock pic.twitter.com/qwStLXV94q— T2TNEWS (@T2T_News) March 30, 2023
அடிக்க வர போயிருக்கான் ... @RohiniSilverScr— Beef Meme (@beefmeme77) March 30, 2023
அந்த வீடியோ பதிவில் உள்ளே விட வலியுறுத்திய நபர் இவர் தான் 🔥#BoycottRohiniTheatre pic.twitter.com/Y8ER87LVrp
The video went viral in no time and Rohini Silver Screens hurriedly managed the situation by later allowing the family to watch the movie. They took to their Twitter page to cover-up that they did so because Pathu Thala is certified U/A and there were underage children with the family which is why entry was denied. However they conveniently forgot about the shooing that was caught on cam, and how they would not have subjected any of their other regular customers to such humiliating treatment.
March 30, 2023
It is also to be noted here that anyone under the age of 12 if accompanied by parents or adult guardians, are allowed entry into the viewing according to the U/A certification. Rohini Silver Screens does hold the right to deny entry to any of its viewers/customers, but the way this incident was handled has justifiably lead to the #BoycottRohiniCinemas trend on Twitter.