After first round of talks between producers of Vishwaroopam
protesting groups on Friday failed to show results, actor-director Kamal
Haasan has said he will join talks today seeking to end the ban on the
The second round of talks are scheduled to take place this afternoon in Chennai. Sources say efforts are on to arrive at a consensus today.
Kamal Haasan, who was in Mumbai for the release of the
Hindi version of the 95-crore thriller, returned to Chennai today.
"There has been fantastic response to Vishwaroopam
in North India," the actor said after his return.
through Friday, his brother Chandra Haasan met with the government and
leaders of Muslim groups whose objections to the film had provoked a
two-week ban in Tamil Nadu. But talks were postponed as the protesters
demanded Kamal Haasan's presence during the meeting. (Read Vishwaroopam's review
Chandra, who has co-produced Vishwaroopam
said that after a first round of consultations, he was asked by
protesting groups to make cuts adding upto nine minutes. But sources say
Chandra Haasan told protesters that he is not technically or morally
competent to make cuts, adding that the decision will be made by Kamal
Haasan after he returns to Chennai.
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
have told NDTV that the state Home Secretary, who is mediating the
talks, is in favour of active engagement by both sides to resolve the
Sources close to Kamal Haasan have told NDTV that
the actor is also eager to work out an arrangement. Sources have also
indicated that the actor may also meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to
thank her personally for her support.
Earlier 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.