Vishwaroopam to release in TN on Feb 7

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 17:24 hrs

Southern superstar and filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Monday announced his film 'Vishwaroopam' will be released in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

The ban on the film in the state was lifted on Sunday after the actor agreed to edit seven scenes from the movie.

Haasan has also withdrawn his petition against the ban in Madras High Court.

"Surmounting many barricades and bans, Vishwaroopam is now ready to be released on the 7th February 2013, finally in Tamil Nadu," said Haasan in a statement on Monday.

"I profusely thank the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, for her justice was speedier. Above all, I am ever grateful to the Tamil Nadu and Indian people at large.

"Many peers in the trade in Tamil Nadu also reached out personally to enquire. Unbeknownst to me, the rest of my fraternity throughout the country raised their voices in my defense. I am touched and grateful to them," the actor said.

"The Media fought for my freedoms as it were theirs at stake- probably it is so. Nevertheless, the time they spent on my small cause and the warmth they imparted strengthened me.

"I was angered and hurt by this injustice. I stood stoic through all the troubles but what broke me to an emotional pulp was the sight of many money orders, currency notes and bank checks (cheques) sent to me in envelops by admirers to help me tide over my crisis," Haasan said.

"I will be returning all of these to the respective senders. Please do not take offense; I have safeguarded you addresses, in case politics and religion hound me again to take refuge.

"I know I have safe homes to feed and keep me throughout Tamil Nadu. Wherever I go or live, my permanent abode and address would always be your kind minds," he said.

The Hindi version of the Rs 95-crore blockbuster, Vishwaroop, has been released across the country.

TV news channels quoted some people who saw Viswaroop and found nothing objectionable in it.

"(The film is) not anti-Muslim or anti-India in any manner," said a young film buff.

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