While declining to extend the benefit to this film, the authorities said Ochayee is a meaningless word and asked the producers to prove their claim with records.
Ochayee, written and directed by Asai Thambi, is one of the first movies to release post-Endhiran. The government stand has apparently irked Tamil scholars and political leaders including CPI state secretary D. Pandian and VCK general secretary Thol.
CPI(M)-backed progressive writers union secretary Sa. Tamilselvan argued that Ochayee is a popular folk deity around Usilampatti in
Like Pechi, Isakki, Mari, and Kali, Ochayee is a name of a folk deity in the
Mr Pandian, who hails from the Usilampatti region, said the government's stand on Ochayee is tantamount to insulting thousands of Tamil women who have been carrying the name for generations.
"The government has given tax sops to films that promote casteism, orthodoxy, blind faith and are anti-women just because they carry Tamil titles. But they are denying them to a film that reflects Tamil culture," said Mr Arunan, president, progressive writers forum.
The critics also question the government giving tax exemption Sivaji, (which is not a Tamil name), Something Something Unakkum Enakkum and Va Quarter Cutting.