Madras Café will not release in Cineworld, Odeon and Vue Cinemas across the United Kingdom anymore. The film produced by John Abraham and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures was supposed to release today here.
The UK release has been stopped after protests from Tamils outside Cineworld Headquarters this morning.
A separate petition has also been created on change.org urging the UK cinema chains not to release the film. The petition has been signed by over 1800 people.
A Cineworld spokesperson confirmed that the chain won’t be releasing Madras Café, “”Our policy is to show a wide range of films for different audiences. However, following customer feedback and working with the film distributors, we have decided to not show Madras Café. We apologise for any inconvenience and any customers that have already made a booking can call our customer service team on 0844 815 7747 for a refund.”
Odeon and Vue websites are also not displaying showtimes and not taking online bookings.
Madras Café is a political action thriller set against the backdrop of the tumultuous and controversial Sri Lankan civil war of the 1980s. The film stars John Abraham as an Indian Army Intelligence Agent sent to Sri Lanka to break a resolute rebel group. Once there, he meets a charismatic female journalist, played by Nargis Fakhri who is determined to uncover the truth about the civil war. Together the pair uncovers a deeper, sinister conspiracy by a faceless enemy.
Madras Café released in India today.