Arun Vijay starrer action film Mafia Chapter 1 has been down off of the OTT platform Amazon Prime. It was criticized for using the photos of victims murdered by Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur. The families of the victims have expressed their shock over the visuals.
In a scene of the film, the victims' photos can be seen stuck to a board in the background during a police investigation.
After the backlash, the production company Lyca Production has apologized for the mishap. Lyca Production has promised to blur out the photographs. The company's statement reads, "We wish to place on record and tender our unconditional apology to the families of the people for the inadvertent distress caused to them.”
The company has also said that the pictures appear for a few seconds. The film makes no specific references to the victims. The company re-iterates that the film is work of fiction and it does not intend to hurt the sentiments or feelings of any person alive or dead.
The OTT Platform Amazon Prime has also issued a statement, " We were concerned to learn that the movie uses pictures of the victims of the Toronto serial homicides and immediately took action."
Of the victims seen in the scene, two are Sri Lankan Tamils. One of the victims' family members has said, "I was very, very upset and I was very, very sad." The relative has also alleged that the makers of the film did not take the permission of the family.
Mafia Chapter 1 follows the tale of a narcotics officer played by Arun Vijay. The film also stars Priya Bhavani Shankar in a leading role. The actor Prasanna plays the antagonist.