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High court re-imposes ban on 'Vishwaroopam'


Chennai, Jan 30 (IANS): The problems for the veteran actor Kamal Haasan's mega-budget "Vishwaroopam" increased after the Madras High Court Wednesday set aside the single judge's interim order that allowed screening of the film in the state.

Hearing the appeal made by the Tamil Nadu government against the single judge's order, a two-member high court bench set aside the former's order.

The high court bench chaired by Justice Dharma Rao has nullified the revocation of the ban on the film by Justice K. Venkataraman Tuesday.

"The film stays banned as of now and it can't be screened across Tamil Nadu," Justice Dharma Rao said.

The court has asked the state government to submit its responses by Monday.

The Madras High Court Tuesday ruled in favour of "Vishwaroopam" and revoked the ban by the state government. It, however, said the administrative step was to be taken by the government.

"Vishwaroopam" was due to release Jan 25, but was banned following objections from certain Muslim groups, who claimed that the film portrayed their community in a bad light. Apart from Tamil Nadu, the film was banned in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

 

'Vishwaroopam' ban unacceptable, says censor board chief

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Leela Samson is in state of shock after the ban on Kamal Haasan's film "Vishwaroopam", and says that the act is "an infringement on freedom of expression".

"This is hounding of an artist, a man who is an icon of Tamil Nadu. We are sensitive to issues. The group objecting to 'Vishwaroopam' have the freedom not to view it. We will object to the language used by the lawyer representing the Tamil Nadu government against the censor board," Samson told CNN-IBN news channel.

The Madras High Court Tuesday ruled in favour of "Vishwaroopam" and revoked the ban by the state government. It, however, said the administrative step was to be taken by the government. However, in the latest development, a two-judge bench of the high court upheld and re-imposed the ban on the film Wednesday.

"It is absolutely unacceptable. We have certified hundreds and thousands of films but only with 'Vishwaroopam', people find, it has not been done with due diligence? This is an infringement on freedom of expression," Samson added.

The mega-budget film was due to release Jan 25, but the Tamil Nadu government banned the film following fears of law and order situation. The ban was further extended to Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

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  • Sumeet, Brahmavar

    Wed, Jan 30 2013

    A lesson for other film faternity

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  • M S Sheik, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Jan 30 2013

    This film looks like a ban call from politicians, not from the protesters.

    I haven't seen the movie yet, but if it violates the standard norms or projects the people of any community as bad, then the decision by the court is Apt.

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  • Gabriel, Sagar

    Wed, Jan 30 2013

    What an Irony!? Vishwaroopam has become Banroopam!

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  • Jude, Mangalore Dubai

    Wed, Jan 30 2013

    Dirty politics played by Jayalalitha stands fully exposed. On the one hand she is cosy with the BJP and on the other hand is playing politics to gain muslim votes. The end sufferer is a talented person like Kamal Haasan who has poured his life savings into making this movie.I hope the muslims in Tamil Nadu see through her evil game plan and kick her out wholesale during the next elections.

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