Judgement Day-2 for Vishwaroopam against the state government ban has been going on for the last few hours at the Madras High Court.
The Tamil Nadu government defended its decision to ban the Rs 90 Crore Vishwaroopam, describing the censor board's clearance of the film as "a scam." The Attorney General for the state said the censor board's sanction was given "without application of the mind."
The Madras High Court is expected to decide by 8:30 pm this evening if the ban, declared last week just days before the film's scheduled release (January 25), should be revoked.
The government said its decision was based on the concerns of Muslim groups who argue that the film's portrayal of Muslims is offensive. Lawyers for Muslim organisations said in the court – “Entire Vishwaroopam offends Muslims. One song alone may be allowed, rest of movie objectionable”.
Kamal's lawyer tells High Court- “Karnataka has resumed screening of Vishwaroopam with a rider shown ‘Muslims not terrorists’. Kamal Haasan's brother Chandrahaasan said : “Our losses are between Rs30 to Rs 80 crore. We have sought an appointment with the chief minister".
Leela Samson Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification said : “What they are doing to Kamal Haasan is unacceptable.”
Actor Madhavan said : “A deep sense of sadness and dismay. I fear for the people. A communal disharmony in a state known for its communal tolerance .God help us”.
Internationally reputed director and one of the actors in the film Shekhar Kapoor had tweeted – “ Vishwaroopam sends terrible message to filmmakers. Don’t touch anything that could be sensitive politically culturally socially or on religion.”