Viswaroopam Banned for 15 Days by Tamilnadu Government

Ace actor Kamal Hassan's woes came a full circle with the Tamil Nadu government announcing a 15 day ban on the release. So it won't be on theater on january 25.

The ban came in the wake of protests by various Muslim organisations and spearheaded by Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam,, Manitha neya Makkal Katchi and Tauheed Jamath, which after viewing the film at the actors residence recently, strong objections to the film. They alleged that Muslims had been portrayed in poor taste in the film and the film should not be released as it would fan communal clashes.

They also appealed to the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments to ban its release and also warned that they would disrupt the screening all over the state if the film was screened in spite of their appeal. Today the Muslim organisations met with Home Secretary at the Secretariat and put forth their plea again that the film was not made for providing entertainment But only to besmirch to the community. As a mark of their protest, the Muslim organisations besieched the office of kamal Hassan in the city today and also burnt him in effigy, police said. Following this the Tamil Nadu government announced the 15 day ban.
Kamal Hassan's Viswaroopam Banned for 15 Days by Tamilnadu Government
Meanwhile,Kamal Haassan who has also Directed the film besides producing it along with his elder brother Chandrahasan for his Rajkamal Films International banner, is in United States when the ban drama over his film unfolded this morning. According to his PRO Mr Nikhil Murugan, Kamal Haasan is in Los Angeles for the premier of the film there on January 24. Chandrahasan himself visited the City Police Commissioner's office .

Kamal's Viswaroopam had always been in the eye of a storm ever since the thespian announced the movie's release on the Direct-to-Home Platform (DTH) before the theatrical release. Even as incensed theatre owners and distributors cried foul and refused to release the film in theatres fearing a hit on the box office collections, Kamal managed to cool the frayed tempers by holding talks with them. He later announced film would be released in theatres on January 25 while the broadcast on the DTH platform would be on Feburuary two.

Meanwhile, Muslim organisations raised objections to the manner in which the community was being portrayed in the film. They felt the scenes in trailers raised doubts about the manner in which Muslims were shown in the movie. Apprehending trouble during the movie's release, the authorities decided to put off the screening of the film by two weeks.