CHENNAI: After what seems like forever, the Tamil Nadu State Government has withdrawn the two-week ban placed on Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’.
The decision comes after fruitful negotiations between the filmmaker and the opposing Muslim groups, which concluded with Haasan agreeing to edit many portions of the film.
‘Vishwaroopam’ is now likely to release in its biggest market – Tamil Nadu, by this Friday.
After the Government’s withdrawal of the ban, Kamal Haasan was swift to withdraw his petition before the Madras High Court. Justice S. Rajeswaran before whom the matter came up allowed Haasan as well as the government to withdraw pleas post the compromise.
“I will let you know the date of the release soon,” said Haasan, thanking the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Home Secretary R Rajagopal for arranging the compromise with the Muslim groups protesting against ‘Vishwaroopam’.
The filmmaker, who was to have ‘Vishwaroopam’ released on 25 January says he has suffered huge financial losses ever since the Tamil Nadu government imposed prohibitory orders in all of the 31 districts of Tamil Nadu for two weeks over concerns of law and order, when some Muslim groups in the State believed that the film portrayed Muslims in a poor light.