The police commissioner chose to personally watch the film to know the content first hand. Some theatres had screened the movie yesterday but screening was stopped in one theatre at the intermission - it is clear that the police would rather be safe than sorry.
One movie-goer told NDTV, "We do not understand why this film is being banned when the censor board, a government body, has already cleared it." Another fan said, "It is very disappointing. It has been released abroad and has got good reviews, but we cannot see it here."
The mega-budget movie has stirred controversy with some groups protesting against the film's portrayal of Muslims. They claim that the movie is anti- Muslim.
The protests that began in Tamil Nadu have spread to Bangalore and Hyderabad as well. On Saturday, Justice K Venkatraman of the Madras High Court watched the movie to check if it indeed shows Muslims in poor light as has been claimed by the protestors. The court's verdict on whether the film can be screened in Tamil Nadu is expected on Monday.
Mr Haasan has described the ban as "cultural terrorism" and the movie as "Muslim-friendly." The actor-director is presently in the US to promote the film.
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