Actor-director Kamal Haasan on Monday announced release of his controversial film 'Vishwaroopam' in Tamil Nadu on February 7 as he withdrew his petition against the ban on the movie in Madras High Court.
The announcement comes a day after the ban on the film under Section 144 of CrPc was lifted by District Collectors across the state following a compromise reached on Saturday between Haasan and Muslim outfits who were up in arms against it, claiming the film offended their sentiments.
"The film is to be released coming Thursday, February 7, crossing all hurdles," the 58-year-old filmmaker said in a statement shortly after both he and government withdrew their petitions before the High Court.
Justice S Rajeswaran allowed Haasan and government to withdraw their pleas after they expressed their wish to do so.
Haasan thanked Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for "helping me," apparently referring to government brokered talks with protesting Muslim groups, despite a "delay in justice," that helped him to end the week long standoff.
"Wherever I go or live, your hearts are my permanent address," said the actor, who had threatened to go on a self imposed exile following the ban. Haasan dedicated his film to his fans and welfare clubs monitored by him.
Haasan said he would return the money sent by fans in the belief that even if politics and religion left him in the lurch, he had many houses where he can eat and sleep.
The compromise with Muslim groups preceded an emotional outpouring by Haasan, who had spoken of having to pledge his house in the making of the Rs 100 crore multi-lingual spy thriller that was released in other states, barring his own. (MORE)
Now Mani Ratnam's 'Kadal' faces protest by Christian outfit
After protests by Muslim outfits against Kamal Haasan's controversial Tamil film 'Vishwarooopam', ace director Mani Ratnam's 'Kadal' (Sea) is now facing opposition from a Christian outfit whcih is piqued over some scenes in the movie.
Indian Christian Democratic Party alleged the film had objectionable scenes referring to Christianity and sought their deletion and warned of intensifying their protests if police do not initiate action.
They submitted a memorandum to police in this regard today.
'Kadal' is the latest offering of Ratnam and has actors Arjun and Aravind Samy in leading roles besides Gautham and Thulasi, children of yesteryear stars Karthik and Radha.
Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' had faced hurdles after Muslim groups opposed it claiming the film offended their sentiments.
The state government had banned it, following which Haasan moved the Madras High Court. A single judge's order of allowing its release was struck down by a bench.
Haasan and the Muslim outfits arrived at a compromise at a government-brokered meeting on Saturday. Following this, the actor withdrew his petition today against the ban and announced that the trilingual Rs 100-crore movie would be released in Tamil Nadu on Feb 7.
The actor made the announcement soon after both he and government withdrew their petitions before the High Court.