Clutching on to Tamil Nadu chief minister's statement, actor Kamal Haasan on Thursday virtually ruled out moving the Supreme Court for now, saying he was thankful to Jayalalithaa's offer to break the impasse over Vishwaroopam.
"I thank the chief minister. I am grateful to her. She
has been kind enough to offer her help... now that she has helped us why should we go (to the Supreme Court)," he told a press conference in Mumbai after the premiere of the Hindi version of the film releasing on Friday.
The 58-year-old actor was asked whether he would move the apex court against the Madras high court order, staying release of the film that was banned by the state government in wake of objections raised by some Muslim outfits.
Breaking her silence a week after the ban exploded into a national controversy, Jayalalithaa said in Chennai on Thursday morning that she has no "personal grudge" against Haasan or "personal interest" in the ban.
She offered to facilitate an amicable settlement if Haasan and Muslim groups come together.
Finding fault with Haasan, she said government had made a request to him to show the movie to a few representatives of the Muslim organisations. "Had he done it, the problem would have been avoided. But he avoided showing the movie."
"If Muslim organisations and Kamal Haasan are ready to sit down and work out an amicable agreement, if he agrees to delete certain portions that are objectionable, then the decks would be cleared for screening of the movie, then Tamil Nadu government will do that to facilitate such an amicable settlement."
MH Jawahirullah, MLA, who raked up objections to some scenes in the film as hurting Muslim sentiments, welcomed the chief minister's statement and said he and 23 other Muslim outfits were ready to engage with the actor if a tripartite meeting is called.
In the press conference, Haasan said he would wait for the Madras high court order on February 4. "We have to respect the law," he said.
The objections and the controversy surrounding the film "is politics" and there is nothing religious about it, he added.
However, Haasan did not go into details whether he would engage with Muslim outfits as suggested by the chief minister.
Elaborating on his earlier remark, Haasan said he was "seriously" thinking of leaving the country if this kind of row erupted again.
"In anger...in emotional outburst I would have said that I will leave the country. It does not mean I will do it... I enjoy the glory and fame. But if this happens again, I will seriously think of leaving. I am serious," Haasan told reporters.
He had made an impassioned plea seeking the release of the film in his home state Tamil Nadu, saying that he would go abroad in search of a 'secular state' where he would be allowed to continue pursuing his art.
When asked whether the controversy on the film will help it at the box office, Haasan said, "It is very silly to say I got good publicity; India did not get good publicity. What is the use of me getting good publicity when India's name is being dragged in the muck.
"I don't want any more squabbling. This is gruelling, troublesome and insulting. Not only for me, but to several others associated with this movie. This kind of squabbling is not going to take us anywhere," Haasan said.
Haasan said that the delay in the release may have cost him anything between 30 to 60 crores.
The film was earlier slated to hit the screens on January 25.
Haasan sought to know why he was being accused of hatred. "I mean no harm. The film is not about hurting Muslims. The good Muslims in the films are Indians and bad Muslims are terrorists who are not from India. How can I paint terrorist...terrorism white."
Haasan thanked his fans and "film fraternity", saying, "They came forward to support the film. I must thank all of them. Javed saab (Javed Akhtar) came forward, although he was not a part of the film. Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan), Aamir and Salman they supported me."
Salman requested his fans to stand outside the cinemas and demand to see 'Vishwaroopam' while Askhay Kumar termed the ban as "sad".
"It is just a movie and there are only two kinds of movies - good or bad, hit and flop - and only people who decide are the ones who buy tickets. Hope each and every fan of his supports him like I am doing and want all my fans to fully support him," Salman posted on Twitter.
Akshay Kumar hoped that the actor will find a solution soon while Anupam Kher called the ban "ridiculous".
Other members of the film fraternity like Rajinikanth, Sivakumar, Prabhu, Arvind Swamy, actress Kushboo, Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar have already spoken in support of Haasan.
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