Going by the fate of two big Tamil films in the recent past - Kamal Haasan's <em>Vishwaroopam</em> and Vijay's <em>Thalaivaa</em> - both of which ran into political rough-weather, actor-producer John Abraham may not be able to release his <em>Madras Cafe</em> in Chennai and the rest of Tamil Nadu. He has all the right to say that he won't fall prey to bullying tactics and he believes in freedom of expression; but, if the theatres don't want his film, all that he can do is only express outrage. And most often, the real reasons for theatres refusing to screen a film are never known. There may be some obvious triggers that we see, but the real reasons run far deeper. In the case of <em>Madras Cafe</em>, the chances of a no-show are very high because leaders of the pro-Elam Tamil groups, particularly Nam Tamizhar, have seen it and they say that it paints LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran as terrorists. Seeman, Nam Tamizhar leader, a highly vocal campaigner for the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils and even the LTTE, as well as Vaiko, leader of MDMK, another pro-ELAM party, have sought a ban on the film.