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Nov 23, 2011 at 05:58pm IST

TN cinema halls won't screen 'Dam 999'

Thiruvananthapuram: Theatre owners in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday said they will not screen 'Dam 999'. They claim they do not want to scare people.

The movie, based on row between Tamil Nadu and Kerala over 116-year-old Mullaperiyar dam, is about what happens when the dam collapses. The movie is slated to release on November 25.

DMK President M Karunanidhi on Wednesday came out against the release of 'Dam 999', a Hollywood film depicting the dangers posed by the collapse of an old dam, saying it had been made based on the Mullaperiyar dam over which Tamil Nadu and Kerala are locked in a dispute.

Two political parties in Tamil Nadu - MDMK and PMK on Wednesday demanded a ban on the release of the Hollywood film in the country.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy earlier demanded that a new dam be built in its place since as many as 22 tremors in Idukki district over the last eight months have weakened it, making the Mullaperiyar Dam a threat for people in the district.

The dam, located in the Iddukki district of Kerala, is under the control of Tamil Nadu Government and meets the irrigation needs of farmers in southern districts bordering Kerala.

While Kerala had proposed construction of a new dam to replace the old structure saying it posed a danager to the people living downstream, Tamil Nadu has been opposing the move.

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