The screening of Kamal Haasan's controversial film Vishwaroopam, which faced a two-week ban in Tamil Nadu amid protests by Muslim community, was stopped by police today in Hyderabad and Bangalore over security concerns but went ahead as scheduled in
The release of the spy thriller by the 58-year-old actor filmaker that coincided with the Muslim festival Milad-un-Nabi was deferred by a day in Hyderabad and two days in Bangalore after police feared law and order problems. However, no formal ban order was issued by authorities.
According to Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy, police commissioners of Hyderabad and Cyberabad approached her to allow them to stop the screening the film to avoid any disturbances.
"Yesterday some religious leaders approached me to stop the screening of the movie expressing apprehensions. There is no ban from government side. City police commissioners have requested me to postpone the movie screening by a day in the city," Reddy told
PTI in Hyderabad.
In Karnataka, the release of the film has been postponed to Sunday.
The sole distributor of the film in Karnataka, Gangaraju claimed that the postponement is in pursuance to the request of state police not to release the film today and tomorrow in view of
"Milad-un-Nabi" and Republic Day as "it could disrupt communal harmony and lead to a law and order problem".
"However, the film will be released in 25 theatres across the state including 15 in Bangalore city on January 27", he told
PTI in Bangalore.
The film was screened in 86 theatres in Kerala, where about 25 per cent of the population comprise Muslims.
"It is mainly screening in B-class theatres run by KCEA. But, some theatres run by the Federation also screened it today," V
Mohanan, President, Kerala Cine Exhibitors Association (KCEA) said in
He said Haasan's home production Rajkamal Films International was releasing the movie directly in
Haasan yesterday moved the Madras High Court seeking an interim injunction against the 15-day ban imposed on the film by the TN government.
The court will decide on the matter by January 28 after watching the film on January 26.