Various Muslim organisations today demanded a ban on the screening of actor-producer Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam, saying "it will affect social harmony" in the state.
M H Jawahirullah, MLA and President, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, said representatives of various Muslim organisations met the City Police Commissioner S George today demanding that the screening of the movie be banned.
"The screening of the movie will affect social harmony in the state. We plan to meet the Home Secretary, besides moving the Censor Board," he said. Jawahirullah replied in the affirmative when asked if they planned to move the court if required.Muslim organisations had earlier demanded that the film be screened to them prior to its release, expressing concern over the depiction of the community in the movie. He said Haasan had organised a special screening of the movie for them following their demand.
The thespian had already courted controversy after taking a U-turn on his decision to release the movie on Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform with theatre owners red-flagging his decision. The film's release was also subsequently postponed and is now slated for a January 25 release in 500 screens in the state.
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"I have been receiving threats that the film will be pirated and electricity supply to the theatres which have decided to telecast it will be suspended. Since these are against the law, I preferred to lodge a complaint with ADGP (Law and Order) (T K Rajendran)", Haasan told reporters here.
Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam faces trouble
Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association and Madurai-Ramanathapuram United Film Distributors today threatened not to screen Tamil super star Kamal Haasan's flick Vishwaroopam in Madurai and Ramanathapuram districts, if it was broadcast on DTH platform on January 10, a day ahead of the film's theatrical release.
At a joint meeting here, the Association leaders asked the actor, who is also the director of the film, to reconsider the decision to broadcast the film in DTH platform and cancel the licence given to the relevant companies for airing it.
(With additional inputs)