Malaysian govt to meet with distributor of Vishwaroopam

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 02, 2013 09:59 hrs

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian government will hold a meeting with distributor of Tamil film Vishwaroopam directed by legendary actor Kamal Hassan to find a solution to lift the ban on it.

"The meeting should take place sometime next week and we need time to review and find a proper solution to the matter," Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.

"The owner of the distribution company is a close friend of mine and I have no doubts that we will be able to come up with an amicable solution to the problem," he told reporters here.

He said that there was no need for certain parties to become upset as the matter was still being discussed.

The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia had initially approved Viswaroopam and Lotus Fivestar AV started screening the movie on January 24. The approval, however, was withdrawn the next day following a Home Ministry directive.

The board's control and enforcement division secretary Razak Derahman said the movie was suspended on the minister's orders. Tamil films have a huge fan following among the ethnic Indian Tamils here.

Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), the country's largest ethnic Indian political party had yesterday appealed to the Home Ministry to talk to local Muslim groups in the country over the issue.

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