After a slew of controversies surrounding Lyca Productions and Kaththi, the makers had earlier decided to remove their name from the film’s credits and promotional materials completely on the eve of film’s release due to protests from various Tamil groups spearheaded by Thamizhar Vazhvurimai Katchi’s chairman Velmurugan. Now, Madras High Court has allowed the producers to exhibit their name in the film saying once a film is certified for screening by the Censor Board no group, organisation or association can demand further censoring on the ground that something in the film hurts religious, communal, racial or linguistic sentiments of someone or the other.
“Protesters do not have any objection to petitioners receiving the box-office collection. They do not even have an objection to the people seeing the film and making it a big hit. Therefore, the protest itself was not based on any ideology” the judge said. Madras HC has directed the government and police to give protection to the producers to enable them to have their name in the exhibition of the film and publicity materials. “If anyone indulges in any threat, police may take stern action against them,” the judge added.