Vishwaroopam ban: Kamal Haasan fed up and wants to leave the country for a more ‘secular’ place

The superstar is frustrated with the ban on his ambitious film Vishwaroopam and says the plot is not even about Indian Muslims

Kamal Haasan is just fed up. Even though the Madras High Court on January 29 lifted the ban on of Haasan’s controversial film Vishwaroopam, the Tamil Nadu government is objecting to it, saying that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not given a correct rating. The censor board has hit back. The actor though can’t take it no more, and wants to leave the country to a more ‘secular‘ place.

Justice K Venkatraman passed an interim order, saying, “The film can be released in theatres tomorrow and the Section 144 order issued by the district collector will be kept in abeyance.” The film can now release without any cuts or edits. “I have watched the film and it has no scenes that hurt the sentiments of Muslim community,” the Justice said earlier in the day.

But Tamil Nadu Advocate General A Navaneethakrishnan told the Madras High Court, “The certification (of Vishwaroopam) by the Censor authorities was a big scam requiring a full-fledged probe by a special committee.”

CBFC Chairperson Leela Samson rejected a the TN government charge that Vishwaroopam was not properly certified. She said, “The censor board had paid due diligence and certification was done carefully. We are an independent and statutory body. We object to such allegations. The Central government will take note of this (the charge by TN government) and take action.”

All this fighting has left Haasan a frustrated man. At a press conference today, he said, “I’ve pledged all my property for the film. I’ve lost my house because of the delay in its release.”

Moreover, he wonders why the controversy took place, as “the story setting is in Afghanistan. I wonder how it is about Indian Muslims”. He also cannot fathom how one movie “could knock this mighty nation’s unity”.

He added firmly, “I need a secular place to settle. If there’s no secular place in India, I would go overseas. After this I will have to seek a secular state for me to stay in – from Kashmir to Kerala – excluding Tamil Nadu… I will look for a state to stay. If I cannot find in India, I will hopefully find another secular country that will take me in. MF Husain had to do it, Haasan will do it. I think Tamil Nadu wants me out. I only want to stay in a secular state. However, that does not mean I will not make Tamil films.”

He was quick to add, “I am not angry with my people… I have the protection – it is only the free will to speak that is being denied.”

The verdict on the ban was issued after actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan was requested to settle the matter amicably with the government of Tamil Nadu on January 28, after a judge saw the movie in a private screening.

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With inputs from India Syndicate and IANS