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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 129m 59s

Release date 01/02/2013

Ratings Info Contains moderate violence and threat

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Bejoy Nambiar

Cast includes Chiyaan Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jiiva

Cut This work was cut. The cuts were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. Cuts were made by substitution. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers or plot details.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 22/01/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DAVID is a subtitled Tamil language drama in which two Christian men must achieve their independent goals.


In one scene a man is grabbed by an angry mob and has tar poured over his head and face. The scene is repeated a few times in the form of flashbacks. The man does not suffer serious facial injuries as a result of the attack but is clearly traumatised by it. Later in the film, he remembers the attack while he is shaving and accidentally drags the blade over his cheek a few times, drawing blood. The scene focuses more on the man's trauma than on the bloodiness. Ultimately the man, who is a priest, finds inner peace through his religion.

There are two fight scenes - a comic bar fight at the start of the film and a scene in which one of the heroes fights several men with various kicks and blows. He ends the fight using a wooden window frame as a weapon. There is little injury detail in either fight. Finally, as a man is about to approach a female politician with a knife, she is shot by another man, resulting in a brief blood spurt.


In another scene a man is grabbed and threatened with a hot frying pan. The threat is fairly brief and the aggressor is simply trying to extract information about the whereabouts of another man.

The film also contains mild bad language (uses of 'shit' and 'bloody') and scenes set in a brothel, although no sexual activity is shown.

Cuts information

Distributor chose to make cuts to remove a scene of violence (a man being set alight after being doused with alcohol) and a scene of bloody self-harming (a man cutting his arm with a knife) in order to obtain a 12A rating. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available.


Ayngaran International (UK) Ltd
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