Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:15:00 GMT | By PTI

Tamil Nadu bans 'Vishwaroopam' for 15 days

Tamil Nadu government puts Kamal Hassan's 'Vishwaroopam' release on hold amid intense protest.

Tamil Nadu bans 'Vishwaroopam' for 15 days (© Filmysouth)

Intensifying protest against Indian actor-director Kamal Hassan's upcoming movie 'Vishwaroopam', various Muslims organisations petitioned Tamil Nadu government seeking a ban on its screening, claiming the film depicts their community in a negative light.

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday banned the screening of 'Vishwaroopam' for 15 days.

With barely two days left for the movie's release, a group of 20-odd organisations now working under a common banner submitted a memorandum with South Indian state Tamil Nadu's Home Secretary R Rajagopal to press for their demand, a day after they took up the matter with the city police.

M.H. Jawahirullah, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and President, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, told reporters here that the movie "targets Muslims and their beliefs".

A statement from Mohammed Haneefa, coordinator of the Federation of Islamic Movements and Political Parties, said that Muslim community will not accept such portrayal and even if certain scenes were deleted.

"We intend to register our apprehensions that release of the film with (even) deleted scenes or changes would affect the social harmony and all-round peace in the state," he said.

The move by the Muslim communities comes days after Kamal Haasan, who directs and stars in the movie, held a special show for them.

Haasan has already clarified that Muslims are not shown in objectionable manner in the film but that has failed to sooth the tempers of the community, which blames the actor of having a history of doing so in his earlier films like 'Hey Ram' and 'Unnai Pol Oruvan', with the latter being a remake of the Hindi hit 'A Wednesday'.

Kamal Haasan had played the role of Naseruddin Shah in the original.

The actor has been facing lot of hurdles with his latest movie, which has been made on a huge budget. His decision to show the movie on DTH platform ahead of its theatrical release was faced with strong protests by screen-owners recently.

The actor was forced to drop his plans to have a Direct-To-Home (DTH) premiere first after the protests but moved to Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Tamil Nadu theatre owners for allegedly restricting the release.

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