Mani Ratnam has been given police protection after the acclaimed director was allegedly targeted by distributors complaining they had incurred heavy losses on Ratnam's latest film 'Kadal'.
The High Court in Madras ordered police on Wednesday to post two officers each at the director's office and residence in Chennai after threats were made to several of his staff as well as family members.
In court documents, Ratnam alleges that the "distributors" had complained of suffering "huge losses" after purchasing rights to the film for hefty up-front payments.
The film - a £6 million romantic drama set in Tamil Nadu - has been a box office disaster despite average reviews from critics.
One Chennai-based distributor, who had paid more than £1.6 million for the film's distribution rights, has so far only managed to recover £300,000 since the film's release on 1 February, according to the Times of India.
It's not the first time the controversial director has run into trouble against unsavoury elements.
Ratnam and his family were provided with round-the-clock protection in 1995 after receiving threas soon after the release of 'Bombay', the story of a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl falling in love against the backdrop of the bloody riots arising from the Ayodhya problem.
That protection however, was withdrawn in 2010.
- Staff Reporter