Earlier this year, the Chennai Regional Censor Board refused a clearance certificate to the film, which talks about the atrocities of the Sri Lankan army against the Indian Tamils. The board found political references to the governments of India and Sri Lanka objectionable. The use of cuss words by fishermen was another ground for stalling its release. “The film is based on factual accounts. Collected from the interviews of fisherfolk, it strings together memories of horrific incidents that affected these people,” says Manimekalai. “For these fishermen, who were often ignorant of boundaries, whether on land or at sea, venturing into the ocean was a necessity to generate livelihood.” On a number of occasions, they ended up dead at the hands of Sri Lankan navy personnel who disposed of the bodies in the Indian Ocean.