Muslims bomb theatres to protest Vishwaroopam, Kamal Haasan offers cuts


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30 Jan 2013

 
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Kamal Haasan threatens to leave India

Muslims protesting against Kamal Haasan’s film Vishwaroopam hurled petrol bombs at two theatres in Tamil Nadu where the movie was scheduled to be screened on Wednesday following the High Court staying the ban imposed by the State Government. Petrol bombs were hurled at theatres in the Ramanathapuram district, 600 km from Chennai. There are no reports of injuries. Glass panes at the theatres were shattered.

Haasan has said he will take his case to the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Earlier, Kamal Haasan met with representatives of the Muslim community and later told newspersons that he had come to an amicable settlement over the dispute that rose from his using verses from the Quran in Vishwaroopam. “This film is not against Indian Muslims. It is in support of Indian Muslims. There seems to be some confusion over the use of Quranic verses and I am willing to edit out these references,” he said.

An emotional Kamal Haasan had said on Wednesday morning that he would be forced to leave the country if the ban on his film ‘Vishwaroopam’ was not lifted.

The Tamil Nadu Government had imposed a ban on the film after certain Muslim groups protested against it alleging that it portrayed the community in a negative light. The Rs 95 crore thriller was originally scheduled to release in Telugu and Tamil on January 25.

An emotional  Haasan said Tamil Nadu does not want him to stay in the State and he might seek a “secular” place in the country or overseas.

“When MF Hussain can do it, Kamal Haasan will do it. I am fed up. I am an artist. After that, I will have to seek a secular state for my stay. There are secular States from Kashmir to Kerala, excluding Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu wants me out,” he said in a choked voice as the fate of the movie remains to be decided in court.

The actor said he had pledged all his property to make the trilingual movie, estimated to have cost around Rs 100 crore.

He said he might lose his house because of the losses incurred by the delay in the release of the movie.

Haasan said he was still to get interim relief as the film shows were “started and stopped” by police on Wednesday, who sought a physical copy of the single judge’s order passed on Tuesday night, giving clearance to the film.

“…But I believe that along with my Muslim friends, I have been instrument in a political game. I don’t know who is playing and not even hazarding the guess. The fact remains that my history has proven that I have been neither leaning to the left or right but trying to maintain my position,” Haasan said.

He said he would wait for the judgement of the Madras High Court where the Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday moved swiftly to file an appeal against the interim relief given by the single judge.

“Now I shall wait for the afternoon judgement but after this… I think I will have to see a secular state for me to stay in. I have nothing to lose. I might as well choose a place which would house an artiste like me. “I will learn in another couple of days whether I will be able to find a secular state in India or not. I will find, hopefully, another country which is secular that might take me in,” Haasan said.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

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  • arindam

    hahaha “secular state” is the height of deluded befuddled mind of kamal hassan ,secularism is only when play aroud with hindu beliefs.

  • Shyam

    Kamal should not be comparing himself with M.F.Hussain. He is far adorable than Hussain. He should be remembered for entertaining us for all these years with some remarkable performances, be it Nayagan, Mahanadi, Swatimutyam & Pushpakavimana for intense characters or Chachi 420, Indian and Dashavataram for majic with make-up. A great persona who could be a strong contender for Dada Saheb Phalke award in future should not be treated in this manner. I think it is high time TN recognises his talent and treats him with due respect.

    TN is known to encourage heroes who can dance to drum beats with a Yellow banian and a gaudy lungi but artists like Kamal are a genius who deserve more.

    Feeling sorry for him that he has to go through such a phase when he is 58 and has spent all his life for the very cause of entertainment.

  • Vikas

    Wow the muslim friends of yours who are protesting against your movie are caught in political game along with you…heights of appeasement. Better look for a secular state like Saudi and try the movie there…or try USA,UK,France and hurt the Christian(read protestant) sentiments and see for yourself how secular they are….by the way is there any Secular state? I guess no

    • Vikas

      Saudi is an islamic state but as Muslims in India claim that islam is secular i have intentionally called Saudi as a secular state

  • Rajalakshmi

    The other day he expressed his desire to see PChidambaram as (sic) “future PM of India”. This was approved by his mentor dmk’s karunanidhi.

    The wry irony being if, GOD FORBID, pchidambaram were to be empowered thus he too would not have hesitated in appeasing muslims of India by banning this movie. Tasleema Nasrin was denied asylum in India to appease the muslims. All these years kamalhassan was merrily ridiculing only HINDUS as that is what secularism denotes in India. He is a follower of EVR of DK. Has never subjected churchianity & Islam to no holds barred scrutiny.

    Based on various comments in regional press, it is Kanchan Gupta who stands vindicated. He clearly stated once they do not believe in nationhood but are united by their religion alone.Why else would they feel so outraged for showing what happens in Afghanistan. We all have been reading about them & this movie shows only that.YET , muslims of India are not speaking against taliban. They are even cheering Iran on acquiring nuclear capabilities.

    Be it Rajinikanth or Kamalhassan they have NEVER hesitated in licking the boots of dmk Karunanidhi who had nothing but blasphemous remarks on Lord Sri.Ram.

  • Rajalakshmi

    Did any of these kollywood , bollywood actors & actresses protest when Hindus’ sacred Ramar Palam was desecrated by DMK & congress to ensure TR.Baalu made money with Sethusamudram project ? TR Baalu proudly screamed he was “ashamed to call himself a hindu”. Or when film shootings take place inside Hindu Temples with actors standing atop Icons/Cutouts of Hindu Gods & cavorting. Secular indians enjoyed everything in the name of “art & freedom of expression”.

    Like these arrogant Indian filmstars I want the very congress party to be thrown out of India in search of “secular” countries.Muslims remain ever focussed & exclusively focuused on only their belief systems.MF.Hussein’s sacriligeous paintings did not perturb them at all. Just as open looting of Hindu Temples does not agitate them a bit.

    Has anyone ever made a movie in India truthfully dealing with holocaust of Hindus ? Let these dream merchants pay for their dishonesty.

  • Musarraf P

    Welcome to Islamic Republic of India!

    • Raghav

      Dude,

      Just relax, keep views to yourself don’t say that, you never know whom you might spike and stir a hornet’s nest.

  • Rajalakshmi

    In Tamil Nadu , kollywood has always been synonymous with anti Hindu DMK.

    With notable exceptions like AP.Nagarajan & Chinnappa Devar who were overtly pious & pro Hinduism , the allegedly “liberals” like K.Balachander,Bharathiraja, Manirathnam have tasted instant adulation & money ONLY by ridiculing Hindus & Hinduism alone. This is labelled “rationalism” by them.

    I read the late EVR could not attract muslims to his fold owing to his embracing of atheism. Hence he appeased them by approving of their religion & negating ONLY Hinduism. All done with petty political motives.

    A lot of us are going through a lot of problems. High cost of living, drought , scams etc. Why shed tears over the alleged misery of Indian filmstars who are so virulently anti Hindu like barkha dutts.

  • Ashley

    LOL….He always used to support/defend Muslims after terror activities by them by saying that Muslims are not like that, he also used sentence that Hindus might have provoked Muslims. Look at the irony you never feel the fire is there unless it burns your house.

  • manish

    Good let these muslims enjoy the secular facilities provided to them by the indian state, and when the public opinion turns against them, then cry victim like Shahrukh Khan.

  • http://VU2Z Hindu

    When MF Hussain drew paintings to nsult Hindus deliberately, so many Hindus classed those paintings as art!
    These very so called intellectual people like Kaml Hassan and others did not come out and say an art is not an art which insults and plays with people’s feelings.

    Why did MF Hussain not do paintings of Mohammed and Ayesha? Why did he not show his artistic skills for his own religion.

    People like Gulzar spoke about how great he was when he passed away. Honestly I googled to find if Gulzar was muslim!

    Why do we tolerate this non- sense and bow down to muslims, why has Kamal Hassan agreed to edit? Did MF Hussain change his paintings?

  • A

    So basically the theater bombers want to say this – “Don’t show that the Taliban is inspired to violence by the quran, or else we’ll be violent”.

    That about sums it up.

  • Badari Narayanan

    jayasreesaranathan dot blogspot dot in gives a nice alternate view that ban is justified. Must read





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