Vishwaroopam ban: CM Jaya justifies ban; HC adjourns case for tomorrow
Actor Kamal Hassan announced in Chennai today that he will not approach the Supreme Court against the Tamil Nadu government's ban on his movie Vishwaroopam, news TV channels are reporting.india Updated: Jan 31, 2013 17:51 IST
The Vishwaroopam ban case was adjourned for tomorrow by the high court on Thursday . The high court observes that since Kamal Hassan is in Chennai he should engage with government officials to find an amicable solution.
According to reports, Kamal's team is expected to challenge the section 144 imposed by collectors in their respective districts.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday justified ban on Vishwaroopam citing shortage of police to provide security to all the theatres in the state.
She rejected allegations of political vendetta in the matter saying that law and order was the first priority of the state and so she had to take preventive action before any trouble could arise.
The chief minister also said that if actor Kamal Hassan could settle the issue amicably with the Muslim leaders objecting to the film, she would have no problem in the screening of the film in the state.
Earlier today, Kamal Haasan said that he doesn't want to move the Supreme Court as of now because he hopes for a positive outcome for his movie Vishwaroopam.
"I still have hope things may be settled with Tamil Nadu government. For now, I may wait before moving to Supreme Court," said Kamal.
On Jan 30, a Madras High Court bench chaired by Justice Dharma Rao reimposed the ban on the film and nullified the revocation of an earlier ban on the film by Justice K Venkataraman on Jan 29.
An emotional Hassan on Wednesday threatened to quit India if the ban in Tamil Nadu on his controversial film "Vishwaroopam" wasn't lifted but the Madras High Court reimposed the ban.
As controversy swirled over the multilingual espionage thriller, the acclaimed actor said he had agreed to make cuts in the movie that some Muslim groups found objectionable.
Kamal, 58 and one of southern cinema's most successful stars, said if the ban on his Tamil-Telugu film was not lifted, he might have to look out for a "secular state" abroad.
The final hearing on the case is due Feb 6. Nothing personal against Kamal Hassan, says Jayalalithaa
The Rs.95 crore espionage thriller was originally scheduled to release in Tamil and Telugu on Jan 25, but a day before the screenings, the Tamil Nadu government imposed a two-week ban on the film after some Muslim groups complained that some scenes in the film portrayed the community in a bad light.
The film was to release on January 25 in Tamil Nadu but saw the light of the day only in a few places in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
On Wednesday, the Madras High Court overturned Tuesday's single bench ruling revoking the ban on "Vishwaroopam", which revolves around the story of an al Qaeda plot in the US and an Indian couple.
Saying he was fed up with the opposition to the movie, Kamal said in Chennai, "If there is no secular state in India, I would go overseas. I think Tamil Nadu wants me out."
"MF Husain had to do it and now Haasan will have to do it. It's fine. What would change is my passport. I would still be an Indian."
"I have pledged all my property for the film. I have lost my house because of delay in (its) release," he said. Jaya ready to aid truce
He said he had invested his lifetime's savings, including all his assets, on the film that has also been dubbed in Hindi and which has been released in the US and Canada.
Soon afterwards, he met Muslim leaders in Chennai and announced he was ready to make cuts said to be maligning India's largest religious minority.
"There is no (more) difference between me and my Muslim brothers. It is our duty to take care of them. There are four scenes that are being pointed out and I am willing to remove these scenes from the movie," he said.