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Madras HC Petitioned to Break Dawn: Plea for Early Morning ‘Leo’ Screening Sparks Controversy

Madras HC Petitioned to Break Dawn: Plea for Early Morning ‘Leo’ Screening Sparks Controversy

The plea to allow a special early morning screening of the movie ‘Leo’ in Chennai raises questions about the balance between entertainment and public safety.

The Tamil Nadu government’s ban on early morning shows after a fan’s death during a movie release highlights the need to prioritize safety in the entertainment industry.

In a recent development, the Madras High Court is set to consider a plea from Seven Screen Studios, the producer of Tamil superstar Vijay’s latest movie ‘Leo’, seeking permission to hold a special screening at 4 am on October 19, the day of its release. This request comes after the Tamil Nadu government banned early morning shows earlier this year, following a tragic incident during the release of two other movies, ‘Thunivu’ and ‘Varisu’, where a fan lost their life.

The authorized signatory of Seven Screen Studios, K. Ramachandran, argued in the appeal that Vijay has a massive fan following, with the movie’s trailer reaching 51 million views on YouTube in just ten days. He also pointed out that movies starring Shahrukh Khan had multiple screenings in Mumbai and Delhi. However, the ban on early morning shows was implemented to prevent any untoward incidents and ensure public safety.

The plea’s hearing before Justice Anitha Sumanth was adjourned to the next day due to the Advocate General (AG) R Shanmugasundaram’s request for time to verify whether a related Public Interest Litigation filed in the Madurai Bench could be transferred to the principal seat of the High Court in Chennai. Justice Anita Sumanth stated that if the necessary papers had arrived in Chennai, the writ petition could be tagged with it and posted before a division bench. The AG was directed to obtain instructions by Tuesday morning, and if the papers had not reached Chennai, Justice Sumanth would hear the writ petition separately.

While the plea focuses on the screening of a movie, it raises broader questions about the balance between entertainment and public safety. The tragic incident that led to the ban on early morning shows was a grim reminder of the risks associated with large gatherings and inadequate safety measures. The government’s decision to enforce the ban was aimed at preventing any similar incidents and ensuring the well-being of the public.

As EcoReporters, we recognize the importance of addressing environmental concerns in all aspects of society. While the plea may not directly relate to environmental issues, it provides an opportunity to highlight the need for responsible decision-making that takes into account public safety and well-being. By examining the implications of this plea, we can encourage a broader conversation about the role of entertainment in society and the importance of prioritizing safety measures.

In conclusion, the plea to allow a special early morning screening of ‘Leo’ raises important questions about the balance between entertainment and public safety. While the fan following of actor Vijay and the success of the movie’s trailer are significant, it is crucial to prioritize the well-being of the public. The ban on early morning shows implemented by the Tamil Nadu government serves as a reminder of the risks associated with large gatherings and the need for adequate safety measures. As EcoReporters, we aim to promote responsible decision-making that considers both entertainment and environmental concerns, ensuring a safe and sustainable society.

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