Indian actor and heartthrob John Abraham has agreed to work on a new film titled ”Jaffna,” a political thriller about the LTTE’s activities in Sri Lanka. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, and co-produced by John Abraham, it will be interesting to see how the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka will be portrayed. The director said that John is a politically -aware actor who is clued to the dynamics of the separatist strife in Sri Lanka.
Not much has been divulged about the film and John’s character. It is not known if the film will be shot in Jaffna, but the Sri Lankan government will most likely keep a watchful eye over the developments of the film considering it could highly impact its tourism image in India & across the globe. India is currently Sri Lanka’s largest tourism revenue provider and Bollywood/Indian cinema is ridiculously powerful amongst the masses in the 1 billion strong nation. Groups within the Tamil diaspora will also follow its progress and should it smell foul play, brandish the infamous boycott card as it did with actors Vijay & Hrithik Roshan. We look forward to more information about the film in the coming months.
Featured above is a clip from the Mani Ratnam film titled Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek), the story of a child of Sri Lankan Tamil parentage adopted by Indian parents, who desires to meet her biological mother during the midst of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The 2002 Tamil film is probably the most well known of the films covering the Sri Lankan conflict & the ltte. The film stars P. S. Keerthana, Madhavan and Simran in the leading roles with Nandita Das, J. D. Chakravarthy and Prakash Raj portraying other pivotal characters. The film’s score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman.