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Vishwaroopam: court to give its verdict later tonight

Agencies  New Delhi, January 29, 2013
First Published: 18:28 IST(29/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:45 IST(29/1/2013)

The Madras high court on Tuesday reserved its decision on Kamal Haasan's movie Vishwaroopam till 8.30pm on a plea filed by filmmaker and actor Kamal Haasan for a stay on the two-week ban imposed by the Tamil Nadu government on the film in the state.

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Kamal Haasan's brother said in a statement released on Tuesday, "We have sought an appointment with the chief minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalitha. Our losses are estimated between Rs.30-80 crore."

The judge earlier had observed that since the actor-filmmaker was in Chennai, he should meet government officials and explore amicable solution.

Kamal Haasan has reportedly been asked by Tamil Nadu government officials to edit his film Vishwaroopam by about an hour, if he wanted it to hit screens in Tamil Nadu.

High court judge, Justice K Venkataraman had on Saturday watched Vishwaroopam at a special screening along with Tamil Nadu advocate general A Navaneethakrishnan and representatives of Kamal Haasan and Muslim organisations.

The Tamil Nadu government had put the release of the film on hold just a day before it was to hit theatres, following protests from Muslim groups that alleged the film hurt their religious sentiments.

Support for the superstar poured in from the film fraternity even as Vishwaroopam was screened in Karnataka and Kerala despite sporadic protests.

The Telugu version released in Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad a day after being screened in the rest of the state.


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