Kadaram Kondam starred by Vikram was one of the most anticipated Kollywood films in Malaysia, mainly because parts of the film were filmed locally and featured many home-grown talents.

However, in a shocking turn of events, the Film Censorship Board has banned the film in Malaysia. According to a spokesperson from Lotus Five Star, the movie makers failed to get necessary police permits to shoot some of the movie scenes in Malaysia.

To clarify the reports and hear it straight from the horse's mouth, we contacted Ravi Maraz, CEO and owner of D'Cinema Sdn. Bhd., who was responsible for organising the shoots and managing the crew of Kadaram Kondan in Malaysia.

"We didn't shoot the film illegally in Malaysia. I have obtained all the permits and followed necessary procedures to shoot Kadaram Kondan in Malaysia," Maraz claimed.

According to Maraz, he has been liaising with Kollywood stars and crews for years. It was his company who managed the Billa and Kabali crews when they shot the films in Malaysia. Incidentally, these movies had scenes involving Malaysian police, but the censorship board didn't raise any issues back then.

"Even I haven't watched that movie, so I can't say for sure. But, according to the censor board, one of the scenes feature the murder of Malaysian police inside the police station itself. That is unacceptable here," he said.

Maraz added that the government doesn't allow the Malaysian police to be portrayed in a bad light. Violent scenes and corrupt policemen are big no-nos for the censorship board.

"I raised this concern to the director, Rajesh Selva. But, it was difficult to make him understand the rules and regulations here. They have assumed that things work here like how it is in India. As far as I'm aware, the shooting in Malaysia didn't involve the violent scene mentioned by the censor board," he explained.

But, if the scene was never filmed in Malaysia, how did the director feature it in the film? Maraz believes that they must have replicated Malaysian police station in India to shoot the said scene.

"One of the main characters is a Malaysian actress who actually flew to India without our knowledge and shot a few scenes there. We can imagine why," Maraz said.

Talking to Ravi Maraz, it's clear that the film faced a ban because the makers ignored the existing restrictions involving Malaysian police. It's sad because many Malaysians who were part of the film eagerly waited for its release for months.

We hope filmmakers will be more aware of the restrictions in Malaysia and work with well-informed parties to avoid such bans in the future.

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