By banning Vishwaroopam, we’re risking ban against all creators: Bharathiraja
The ban on Kamal Hassan‘s “Vishwaroopam” could very likely pull away other creators from going forward freely, says veteran Tamil filmmaker Bharathiraja.
“The problem Kamal Hassan is facing today is not just his own, but may very likely become a problem for all other creators of this country. This only proves that there is no unity between us,” Bharathiraja said in a statement Saturday.
The Tamil and Telugu versions of “Vishwaroopam“, which deals with the adversities of war, was scheduled to release Friday, but the Tamil Nadu government Wednesday imposed curbs on it following protests from Muslim groups.
“At this juncture, Kamal Hassan needs our support and wants us to help him fight for justice. We should lend a helping hand,” added Bharathiraja, who was one among the few to have watched the film even before its release in a private screening.
“It is sad to see such kind of reaction from a small section of the people. I’ve watched the film and I know for a fact that Kamal has made a Tamil film on par with Hollywood standards. We should celebrate such a rare feat than opposing it”, added the 71-year-old.
“Vishwaroopam” was banned by the state government for two weeks when around 25 Muslim organisations objected to the film on the ground that it portrays the community in bad light.
A day later, the Madras High Court restricted the film’s release till January 28. A judge will see the movie Saturday and decided on its fate.
Following the ban, actors such as Rajnikanth and Ajith opposed the ban against the film and urged Muslim outfits to allow peaceful release of the film.
On Friday, superstar Rajnikanth had said: “Kamal Hassan and I have been friends for over 40 years and I know personally for a fact that he wouldn’t hurt the sentiments of anybody let alone Muslims”.
Rajnikanth made the above statement after Hassan screened the film few days back for some members from the Muslim organisations.
Ajith, in favour of the movie’s release, said, “Don’t we respect the words secularism and democracy anymore or these words have merely become adjectives for our nation?”
“Vishwaroopam“, in Tamil and Telugu was scheduled to release Friday, but was only released in places like Kerala and few parts of Hyderabad.
The film, which also features Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur and Jaideep Ahlawat, was also banned in Andhra Pradesh Friday by the state government.
Its Hindi version “Vishwaroop” is slated to release February 1.
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Support continued to pour in for ambattled Kamal Hassan over the controversy in his new magnaum opus ‘Vishwaroopam‘, which was banned in Tamil Nadu and some other states following objections raised by some Muslim outfits alleging that the film depicted them in bad taste.
A day after actor Rajnikanth jumped into the defence of Kamal Hassan, film-maker Bharathiraja and actors Ajith and Parthiban too came out in support of the actor-director. Bharathiraja, in a statement here today said “the trouble for Kamal Hassan is not just for him, it is against all dream merchants across the nation”. He said “An artist like Kamal Hassan never pledged himself for business. He is a Bharathiyaar in Tamil cinema as he wants to fight social injustice and superstitions through films”.
The veteran director said “we should fight for justice and lend a helping hand to such an artiste”. Popular actor Ajith, in a statement, said “the Indian Constitution declares our Nation as a sovereign, secular, socialist, democratic and republic assuring its citizens of justice, equality and liberty”. “But the trend is that all the words have been cliched, misunderstood and misconstrued”, he bemoaned.
“Secularism is a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship. It is misunderstood as cliched words that are just adjectives for our nation”, Ajith said, coming out in strong defence for Kamal Hassan. “It’s time we lend our ears to the actual values that the country lives for”, he added Actor Parthiban too supported Kamal Hassan by saying that “the loss is not only for Kamal but also for the entire industry”.