Visvaroopam film is not restricted : chennai highcourt order – Viswaroopam movie Ban removed by Chennai High Court.
Madras HC stays TN govt’s ban on Viswaroopam and allows the release of movie. Happy to hear that Ban on Viswaroopam has been lifted. Tommorro releasing all over Tamilnadu.
Relief for Kamal Haasan, Madras HC lifts ban on ‘Vishwaroopam’
In a relief for actor Kamal Haasan, the Madras high court has lifted the ban on release of ‘Vishwaroopam’ in Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, questioning the ‘UA’ certificate issued to ‘Vishwaroopam’, Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday alleged in the Madras high court that certification of films itself was a “very big scam” and sought a probe into it by a law enforcing agency.
Arguing before Justice K Venkataraman, advocate general A Navaneethakrishnan said the “UA” certificate to ‘Vishwaroopam’ was not issued by the Censor Board, but only by an examining committee not mandated by provisions of the Constitution.
Rejecting the charge, additional solicitor General Wilson said the certification was done by procedure. The application for certification came to the Censor Board on Oct 4, 2012, the film was viewed on Oct 8 and a showcause notice to cut certain scenes sent on October 10, he said.
The cuts were accepted and removed and the final certification given on October 17. Scenes to a running time of 1.08 minutes were cut, he said.
Even at a meeting with the home secretary on Dec 23 last, the examining officer said objectionable scenes were deleted from the film, Wilson said.
The Tamil Nadu government had banned the screening of the film in the face of opposition by some Muslim outfits, who claimed that the nearly Rs 100 crore movie portrayed their community in a negative light.
Why’s Kollywood silent on the Viswaroopam controversy?
Kamal Hassan‘s Viswaroopam which was set for release on January 25, with more than 25, 000 tickets sold for the opening weekend in Tamil Nadu, got stalled on January 24 by the government after several Muslim groups petitioned it seeking a ban. A hurt and upset Kamal Hassan called this ‘cultural terrorism’ and said his film was not against his ‘Muslim brothers’ .
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 happening again and again.”
In the last few days, Rajnikanth, Ajith, Bharathiraja, Sarathkumar, Radhika Sarathkumar and Parthepan, have been some people from the Tamil film industry who have come out and voiced their support for Kamal Hassan and urged the government to resolve the issue peacefully and amicably. However, many from Kollywood have chosen to maintain a stoic silence on this issue.
Director Bharathiraja‘s statement has been the only strong one so far condemning the silence.”I don’t understand why people who call themselves as artists and creators are maintaining silence regarding Kamal Hassan‘s trouble releasing Vishwaroopam. Do we need to support only a few in the industry? Are they alone fit to be called artists? Despite there being so many bodies in the film industry, many are keeping mum on this issue, probably because the industry bodies themselves stand split or for personal reasons. What if we too face a similar problem tomorrow as Kamal Hassan is facing today? Where will we go to get relief? We don’t have unity. If a few persons are seeking a ban on a film that has been certified by a body that has been set up by the central government, comprising a government officer and socially conscious members of the society ‘including a Muslim member’ I can’t understand where we should go to get justice.”
But Tamizh Padam director, CS Amudhan, says , “I don’t think the industry is silent; many people have supported Kamal Hassan. In fact, I have expressed my support to him.” A leading producer, on condition of anonymity, adds, “Unlike other film industries, politics and cinema is very strongly intertwined here. Actors have political aspirations and politicians are producers in Kollywood.
For instance, Michael Rayappan is a producer and so is Anbazhagan among others. While there’s nothing against politicians being producers, taking a stand on such issues may have repercussions for people in K-Town. This is why many have chosen to let the law take its course and not commented on it.”
Another producer, off the record, “There are so many English and Hindi films based on Afghanistan that have been released but there have been no issues with them. In fact, people who have seen the film in Kerala told me that it’s not anti-Muslim at all.”
PMK leader Dr Ramadoss has been one politician who has gone on record to bat for Kamal Hassan and condemned what has happened. In a statement, he said that Kamal could never hurt sentiments of Muslims and Hindus and that the actor was involved in many goodwill measures to promote Hindu-Muslim unity. Ex CM M. Karunanidhi also said that an ‘amicable resolution’ should be arrived at to this controversy.
Most Kollywood people preferred not to comment. Says a filmmaker, on condition of anonymity, “The bottomline is if you want to be in the Tamil film industry, you need to take a neutral stand or stand united with the government. Kamal Haasan had a genuine intention of seeking approval when he showed his film to the Muslim groups who had a problem with it. Unfortunately, it’s backfired.”