Kamal Hassan, director-Producer of Vishwaroopam, which is facing legal hurdles in its release in Tamil Nadu following a ban, today said the banning the film was part of a political game.
Addressing a press conference here, he said,” I don’t understand the reason behind the ban. All of us, including my Muslim brothers, have been used as tools.” “My film is shot in Afganistan and the United States but I don’t understand how it could hurt Indian Muslims,” he said, adding, “I am waiting for the counter that is expected to be filed in afternoon.”
The film of the ace actor-director was to be released on January 25 but it got stalled as the Tamil Nadu Government imposed a two weeks ban after several Muslim groups petitioned it seeking a ban. Rajkamal Films International, the production house of the actor, challenged the Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to ban the film for 15 days in Madras High Court. When the petition came up for hearing, Justice K Venkataraman banned the film from screening it in theatres till January 28.
The Judge said he would view the film on January 26 and decide on whether to extend or lift the ban on January 28. On January 28, the Madras High Court deferred its orders by a day. However, it advised Kamal to explore amicable solution. Last night, clearing the decks, the High Court allowed release of the film ‘Viswaroopam’, from today.