Chennai Police inquired with director Va Gauthaman after receiving complaints that his short film Vetti has been made with the intention of encouraging separatist forces.
Gauthaman made the short-film for the students of Loyola College, Chennai. The script is about incidents taking place in the country during the days when the entire country struggled for Independence.
The dialogues in the film are reportedly in ‘favour’ of Lankan Tamils who lamented (in the film) that after Independence from the British, they have to look for New Delhi’s assistance for meeting their needs.
Released on YouTube, complaints were received by the police stating that the film had the potential to encourage separatist forces. Based on the complaints, Gauthaman was asked to appear before the police authorities at the Commissioner’s Office in Egmore yesterday.
Before going for inquiry, Gauthaman recorded on his Facebook account that he had been called for an ‘inquiry’ by the police for making a short film for Loyola College students where he spoke about Tamil Eelam and the lost/denied rights of Lankan Tamils. “I consider this (inquiry) as the gift for freedom of expression in our country,” was Gauthaman’s sarcastic comment.