A still displayed in the launch invitation led to the cancellation of shooting for the movie Vanakamma. The Hindu acvitists, led by Rama Gopalan, had raised objection to the still which depicted actors Saravanan (Rama) and Vishnupriyan (Hanuman), in their mythological costumes, urinating by the roadside.
After looking at the invitations, Rama Gopalan, the president of Hindu Munnani and others rushed to the spot and removed the posters and banners of the film stuck on the walls of AVM studios. It is also said the offending still was used for the promos of the film, produced by Anbu Thenarasan, who the Hindu activists alleged was a rationalist.
M Saravanan of AVM Studios apparently talked to the producer and asked him to find a solution to the problem at the Tamil Nadu Producers’ Council. According to the producer Thenarasan, the scene is part of a comic interlude and was not meant to offend anyone. The film is being scripted and directed by S N Ariram.