In what would be sweetest music to Kamal Haasan's ears in the fortnight, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday promised every help to the superstar to overcome all the problems related to his film Vishwaroopam provided he sat down and settled the issue with Muslim leaders amicably.
Addressing a suddenly and hurriedly convened press conference, the chief minister justified the ban imposed by the government saying that no state government, armed with the intelligence inputs of an impending largescale violence across the state can allow it to occur by allowing the controversial film to be shown.
She went onto show figures of available police personnel were woefully inadequate to maintain peace and law and order across the state as Kamal Haasan's plans were to release his film across 524 theatres across Tamil Nadu. "At first he was unwilling to cut even a scene and then I was told that he is ready to edit out offending portions.
Kamal Haasan should sit with the representatives of the Muslim organisations and settle the issue with them amicably and the state government will do everything to facilitate the resolution of the issue," Jayalalithaa said.
Dismissing allegations of personal or business interests being responsible for the TN government ban, Jayalalithaa threatened legal action against Karunanidhi and all the newspapers and channels that aired such reckless and wild allegations.
One allegation was that Kamal Haasan's refusal to sell TV rights to Jaya TV. "I must say that I have nothing to do with the channel and am not even a shareholder," he said.
On the other allegation hinted by Karunanidhi that Kamal's advocacy of union finance minister P Chidambaram as prime minister, Jayalaithaa said neither Kamal selected the prime minister nor was he her political adversary. He (Kamal) has every right to air his views."
She took on Karunanidhi for saying that she wrote a letter to MG Ramachandran complaining about Kamal. "Where was the need when I was meeting MGR on a daily basis and spending hours discussing all issues with him" she said dismissing his allegations as "fantastic".