Vishwaroopam ban: Haasan moves Madras HC

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:07 hrs

Chennai, Jan 24 (IBNS) Southern superstar and filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Thursday moved the Madras High Court and filed a petition after the Tamil Nadu government banned the screening of his latest spy thriller 'Vishwaroopam' for fifteen days for its "anti-Muslim content".

In a statement issued by Haasan against the ban order, the actor said: "I am not only hurt by these accusations of denigrating a community but my sensibilities are truly insulted."

"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," Haasan said.

"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," he said.

"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," Haasan said.

"Now I will rely on law and logic to come to our support. This kind of cultural terrorism will have to stop," he said.

The state government banned the film after Muslim groups objected to its screening after a special screening for them.

´Vishwaroopam´ is written, directed and co-produced by Haasan that features him in the lead role.

The film also has Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah and Jaideep Ahlawat in supporting roles.

The film was shot in many locations, including largely in USA, while sets resembling Afghanistan were constructed in Chennai.

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