Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam Banned in TN
The Tamil Nadu government tonight banned the screening of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam following strong protests from various Muslim organisations over alleged depiction of their community in a negative light.

Official sources said the state government has asked the respective district collectors to invoke necessary legal provisions to maintain law and order.

The ban came hours after the Muslim groups petitioned the government, seeking a ban.

A group of 20-odd organisations under a common banner submitted a memorandum to Home Secretary R Rajagopal to press for their demand, a day after taking up the matter with city police.

M H Jawahirullah, MLA and president of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, told reporters that the movie "targets Muslims and their beliefs".

Mohammed Haneefa, coordinator of Federation of Islamic Movements and Political Parties, said the community would not accept such portrayal even if certain scenes are deleted.

"We intend to register our apprehensions that release of the film with (even) deleted scenes or changes will affect the social harmony and all-round peace in the state," he said.

The move comes days after Haasan, who directs and stars in the movie, held a special show for them.

The big budget movie has been made in Tamil, Hindi and Telegu.

Haasan has already clarified that Muslims are not shown in a objectionable manner in the film but that has failed to soothe frayed tempers of the community, which blames him of having a history of doing so in earlier films like Hey Ram and Unnai Pol Oruvan, the latter a remake of Hindi hit A Wednesday. Haasan had played the role of Naseruddin Shah in the original.

Hasan has been facing lot of hurdles with his latest movie, which has been made on a huge budget. His decision to show it on a DTH platform ahead of its theatrical release was faced with strong protests by screen-owners recently.

He was forced to drop his plans to have a DTH premiere first after the protests but moved the Competition Commission of India against Tamil Nadu theatre owners for allegedly restricting the release.
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14/D-96
Jan 25, 2013
08:16 PM

>>>depiction of their community in a negative light.<<<

With what is happening in Pakistan (inhabited by Muslims who were Indian Muslims for 100's of years till 1947), Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Bangladesh, Yemen, Sudan, somalia, Nigeria, Chad, Beharine, Algeria, Male, Maldeves, Egypt, Libya, Syria etc etc "can anyone/ does anyone need to" depict the community in a negative light.

Charan dewry, Guwahati
13/D-51
Jan 25, 2013
12:52 PM

>> The community that has perpetual gripe with the whole world is at it again!! 

Right wing Muslims and right wing Hindus have protested books and movies, but remarks such as "the community that has perpetual gripe with the whole world" can be made only by hate-crazed morons. I would add that anyone who blames the whole Hindu community for anything is also a hate-crazed moron.

Anwaar, Dallas
12/D-45
Jan 25, 2013
12:32 PM

The community that has perpetual gripe with the whole world is at it again!! 

Alakshyendra, Hyderabad
11/D-93
Jan 24, 2013
03:17 PM

I am not for ban if both Maruthunayakam and Vishwaroopam are screened at a time. When Sangh Parivar and affiliates demanded ban on Maruthunayaka, nobody called them cultural terrorists. Why this double standard????

E.V.R.Naiker, Chennai
10/D-86
Jan 24, 2013
03:05 PM

TN govt. step is condemnable and it will set a dangerous precedent. Tomorrow anyone will wake up asking for a ban. The movie should be allowed to be screened. Banning is no solution. If muslim organisations have any objection they can resort to democratic way, they can put forth their arguments. freedom of expression should not be gagged.

michael lopes, Mumbai
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