Talks seeking an end to the ban on actor Kamal Haasan's film
Vishwaroopam in Tamil Nadu between makers of the movie and protesting
groups have been postponed till Saturday. Through the day, Kamal Haasan's brother met
with the government and leaders of Muslim groups whose objections to
the film had provoked a two-week ban.
Kamal Haasan is in Mumbai for the release of the Hindi version of the 95-crore thriller.
brother, Chandra, who has co-produced Vishwaroopam, said that after a
first round of consultations this morning, he had been asked by
protesting groups to make cuts adding upto nine minutes. "I am not
technically or morally competent" he said, adding that the decision will
be made by Kamal Haasan after he returns to Chennai, most likely on
Saturday. A second round of negotiations were held on Friday evening.
(Read Vishwaroopam's review
The actor told NDTV on Thursday, "I don't think the film will have to be chopped. I will talk to my Muslim brothers." (Vishwaroopam doesn't need cuts: Kamal Haasan to NDTV)
mediation session was offered on Thursday by Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa who stridently defended the ban, arguing that it was
necessary to maintain law and order and to give both sides time to "cool
down and come to an agreement." (Kamal Haasan's film could release soon, Jayalalithaa explains how)
this week, the actor, who has also directed and produced the film, met
with Muslim leaders and agreed to delete a list of scenes and words that
were identified as contentious. His production company, Raj Kamal Films
International, asked the government to formalise a settlement.