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Ban removed for "Vishwaroopam"

Writer: Peter Chai


The ban on Kamal Hassan's "Vishwaroopam" was lifted by the Tamil Nadu government recently.

4 Feb – The chaos caused by "Vishwaroopam" in Tamil Nadu has finally come to an end as the authorities has officially given the green light for Kamal Hassan's anticipated controversial Tamil film for its release in the state, according to BBC News.

To Hassan, who plays three different roles as producer, director and actor for the big budget production, the film is one of the most Muslim friendly pieces in recent times, but Muslim organisations do not see it as so, stating that the 58 year-old star's film is a huge insult to the religion.

"Vishwaroopam" was set for release in Tamil and Telugu on 25 January, but a day before its release the Tamil Nadu government hit the film with a two-week ban in order to avoid protests from Muslims.

However, it appears that Hassan had discussions with the Muslim groups and ended up reaching an agreement with them, which is to cut the sensitive scenes in question from the film.

Eventually, the ban imposed on "Vishwaroopam" was lifted by Police Commissioner S. George.

"We have assessed the situation. As the two parties have arrived at an understanding, we are sure there will not be any agitation. Hence we have revoked the ban," said George.


Kamal Hassan in "Vishwaroopam".

While Hassan's spy thriller is expected to hit theaters in Tamil Nadu this Friday, Lotus Five Star (LFS), the local distributor of "Vishwaroopam" is not able to finalize an answer to Malaysian cinemagoers on whether the movie will be released here or not.

"We have no idea at all. We are still waiting for the Ministry to get back to us," said a LFS representative.


Cinema Online, 04 February 2013

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