Dhyan Sreenivasan's film had courted controversy since it has the same title as Rajinikanth's eagerly awaited film
Malayalam film, Jailer recently gained attention due to its similarity in title with Rajinikanth's film. The makers of Dhyan Sreenivasan's film were planning to release Jailer on 10th August sharing the release date of Tamil Jailer. Now the director of the Malayalam Jailer, Sakkir Madathil have come forward alleging that the theatre owners are not allowing screens for his film. He said that he will react against it through a protest in front of the Film Chamber at Kochi.
The Facebook post of the director is roughly translated as follows, "You have known about my film Jailer, featuring Dhyan Sreenivasan was denied theatres. In reply to that, I am conducting a one-man protest infront of the film chamber at Kochi. Due to the dominance of Tamil films, Malayalam films are denied releases. The protest will ask these questions. I just want to inform this matter to the film lovers here. Thank you."
Earlier the makers of the Malayalam Jailer had sent a notice to Sun Pictures, requesting them to change the title of their Rajinikanth film. Later the director, Sakkir in a press meeting informed the media about Sun Pictures' reluctance to change the title. He also said that the production company asserted its big stature and asked the team of Malayalam Jailer to change the title.
Rajinikanth plays the character Muthuvel Pandian, a jailer in the Tamil film. The story of the film revolves around his character sabotaging the plan of a bunch of gangsters to rescue their leader from prison. Similarly, Dhyan also plays a Jailer in the Malayalam film, which is a period drama. Tamil Jailer, helmed by Nelson has an ensemble cast including Mohanlal, Shiva Raj Kumar, Vinayakan, Jackie Shroff and Ramya Krishnan.