Madras High Court Judge K Venkatraman watched a special screening of Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam at Prasad Lab preview theatre on Saturday afternoon. He will pass his verdict on Monday (Jan 28) whether the film can be allowed to be screened in Tamil Nadu.
After Superstar Rajinikanth threw in his weight around Kamal Haasan by his written statement endorsing the film subtly, things started rolling. Kollywood and Tamil Nadu politicians woke up to the Vishwaroopam ban by TN government and started issuing statements.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi called for a meeting between Kamal and the protestors. Karunanidhi said : “ Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have never hurt the sentiments of any community in their films. A solution should be found in a democratic and consultative manner.”
Cutting across party lines PMK strongman Dr S.Ramdoss, a bitter critic of Tamil films and their superstars urged the state government to lift the ban. Ramdoss said : “ I have neither seen the film nor know what the story line is about, but I can assure you that Kamal Haasan is a good actor who will never hurt the sentiments of any religion.”
Meanwhile film industry and various association leaders who were keeping a studious silence over the raging controversy finally came out slowly in support of Kamal Haasan.
Veteran director Bharathiraja who had directed many Kamal Haasan films said: “ I’m sad that there is no unity in Tamil film world, as we were silent so far on the Vishwaroopam controversy. If you think that all pain and pressure is only for Kamal, imagine when you face a similar situation in future. If we don’t stand together and support Kamal Haasan , we will all fall.”
Director Ameer , president of Film Employees Federation of South India said : “ I have not seen the film , so it is not possible to make a comment. I will watch the film after judges pass the final order and give my remarks.” Parthipan said : “ The loss is not for Kamal but for the entire film industry.”
And finally Sarath Kumar president of Nadigar Sangam said that though the censors had cleared the film , it could still create law and order problems. He urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to convene a meeting with representatives of Muslim organisations and Kamal Haasan.
Thala Ajith asked: “Is India a secular nation or is vote bank politics the basis of all issues? Democracy and secularism are being misunderstood. It is time we lent our ears to the actual values that the country lives for.”
Meanwhile Kamal Haasan is getting a lot of support on social networking sites and among the youth audiences in Tamil Nadu. Bus loads of Kamal Haasan's die-hard fans are travelling to Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram the border towns of Kerala to watch his mega budget 'Vishwaroopam', which has been banned for two weeks in Tamil Nadu.
Kamal Haasan is also getting a lot of global support as Vishwaroopam has been getting rave reviews in the media and networking sites. The actor who held a successful premiere of the film in Los Angeles is expected to be back in Chennai on Monday (Jan 28).