After being banned in Tamil Nadu, mega-budget thriller, Vishwaroopam
, directed by Kamal Haasan who also stars in the film, did not screen
today in Hyderabad or Bangalore. Distributors in both cities said they
did not want to provoke any violence. The film is likely to release
tomorrow in Hyderabad and on Sunday in Bangalore.
film has been banned by the Tamil Nadu government for two weeks after
some groups protested against the film's portrayals of Muslims. The
Madras High Court last evening refused to rescind the ban and said a
judge will review the movie over the weekend; a verdict could be
delivered at the next hearing on Monday. Kamal Haasan has described the
ban as "cultural terrorism" and the movie as "Muslim-friendly."
movie was released in Andhra Pradesh this morning, but the distributor
decided to cancel later screenings in the state capital of Hyderabad.
The film did not show at all in Bangalore today.
religious leaders approached me to stop the screening of the movie
expressing apprehensions. There is no ban from the government side. City
police commissioners have requested me to postpone the movie screening
by a day in the city," said Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sabita
Indra Reddy, to news agency PTI.
Southern superstar Rajinikanth
today appealed to Muslim groups to work with Kamal Haasan by suggesting
changes that would not "affect the storyline." Lobbying against the ban
on the film, he said, "I have known Kamal for 40 years. He would not
hurt anyone." (Read)