Mr Justice K Venkataraman of Madras High Court today viewed Kamal Hassan‘s controversial film ‘Vishwaroopam‘ after it was banned from screening in theatres following objections from some Muslim outifts alleging that the film portrayed them in bad taste.
The special screening was organised at a private film lab which was viewed by the Judge and also by some Muslim leaders. Citing law and order problems, the Tamil Nadu Government had imposed a two-week ban on the film two days before its scheduled release in theatres on January 25 following protests by Muslim organisations. The Raj kamal Films International, the production house of the actor, and Kamal Hassan‘s brother S Chandrahasan filed a writ petition before the Madras High Court challenging it and prayed for an interim stay.
When the petition came up before Mr Justice Venkataraman on January 24, the Judge refused to pass any interim orders and said he would view the film and decide on the merits of the government’s orders imposing a ban on the film. Following this, the Special screening of the film was organised today. The Judge after going through its contents, would pass orders on whether to extend or lif the ban, when the writ petition filed by Raj Kamal Films comes up for hearing on January 28.
The much-awaited film, which has hit several roadblocks, had not hit the screens in Tamil Nadu yesterday. Though the film was banned in some states and abroad, it had hit the theatres in some other states and also in some countries.
Ajith open up to the Vishwaroopam issue
Ajith has come out questioning the state of democracy in the country. He believes that words like sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic are grossly misunderstood and misconstrued in the current scenario.
He asked if India is really a secular country with the vote bank style of politics, which is in vogue today. His statement comes in the stir of Kamal Hassan’s Vishwaroopam is being banned by certain Muslim political outfits.
Fans disappointed over ‘Vishwaroopam’ being banned in Malaysia
Vishwaroopam was banned by Malaysian Home ministry which disappointed the fans throughout the country. The film which opened on Thrusday was running with packed houses.
Lotus Fivestar AV distributor of Vishwaroopam said that they were asked to stop screening the movie in Friday. They said they will refund the advance booked tickets or they can use it for alternate movies.
Fans are really disappointed that they are unable to watch and book the tickets.