(This article is authored by Alar)
The much-awaited film Captain Miller starring Dhanush has landed in a soup for allegedly causing harm to the wildlife and environment in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KTMR) in Tamil Nadu. The film, directed by Arun Matheswaran, is a period action thriller set in the 1940s and revolves around the revolution of an LTTE activist. The director is known for his previous directorials Saani Kaayidham, and Rocky.
The film’s shooting has been going on for months in the forest region of Tenkasi district, where a massive set has been erected. However, according to some environmentalists, the film’s crew has been using high beam lights during night shoots in the buffer zone of the forest, which disturbs the wild animals.
It has been reported that the crew of 'Captain Miller' has also caused damage to the bank of the Chenkulam canal, which serves as a vital connection point for fifteen water tanks in the surrounding area. It is said that the portion that was damaged has been filled with soil, which will cause further damage to the delicate ecosystem of the region.
A petition has been filed against Dhanush’s Captain Miller team at the Tenkasi district administration office by some activists who demand that the shooting be stopped immediately and action be taken against those responsible for violating forest rules. The film’s makers have not yet responded to these allegations. Both the MDMK leader and the Keezhavapur Union councillor have expressed their displeasure and urged the district administration to take strong measures against the film crew.
Captain Miller features Priyanka Mohan as the female lead and also stars Shiva Rajkumar, Sandeep Kishan, Nivedhithaa Sathish and others in pivotal roles. The music is composed by GV Prakash Kumar. Meanwhile, the 'Captain Miller' team is expected to wrap up shooting by mid-April, and fans are eagerly waiting for the movie to hit the screens. The film is promising a huge milestone as Dhanush’s previous films have been huge hits at the box office.