Seenu Ramasamy, the director of Then Merkku Paruvakattru and Leena Manimegalai, the director of Sengkadal staged a protest at the Chennai International Film Festival press meet. The directors were totally displeased with the organizers of CIFF because Then Merkku Paruvakattru which won three national awards and Sengkadal which featured in the Indian Panorama did not find a place at the CIFF. The directors alleged that the film fest is tainted with political colors. Their sudden protest cause quite a stir at the press meet.
It may be mentioned here that the Directors’ Union had also condemned the CIFF and have decided to boycott the event.