The actor's ambitious project Vishwaroopam has come under fire ever since it geared up for release. After the DTH controversy, now, just a day ahead of its release on January 25, the film has been slapped with a 15-day ban in Tamil Nadu urged by the Muslim Munetra Kazhagam. Kamal has responded to this new hurdle with a statement:
While I am touched by the voices in support for me and my film, I am
appalled at how my film is construed to be against my Muslim brothers.
My statements in favour of that community have marked me as a
sympathizer. I have always gone beyond the call of my duty as an actor
to voice my opinion in favour of what was humane and civil. I have
been part of an organization called Harmony India which worked for
Hindu Muslim amity.
I am not only hurt by these accusations of denigrating a community but
my sensibilities are truly insulted.
I have been ruthlessly used as a vehicle by small groups who seek
political profile. Icon bashing is a great way to be noticed when you
are not one yourself. It is happenning again and again. Any neutral
and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was
designed for that purpose.
Now I will rely on law and logic to come to our support. This kind of
cultural terrorism will have to stop.
I thank those who rose to the occasion and to my
support on the Internet.