Relief for Kamal: Vishwaroopam to release in TN on Friday

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Chennai, Feb 4: Controversial multilingual film "Vishwaroopam" is likely to release in Tamil Nadu on Friday, Feb 8. The Tamil Nadu state government on Sunday, Feb 3 lifted the ban on the multi-crore film of actor-director Kamal Haasan. The Tamil film garnered protests from several Muslim organisations in the state, due to which the movie was banned in the state.

However, the film was released in neighbouring states of Karnataka and Kerala and it was well-received by audiences. Even the Hindi version of the film "Vishwaroop" has been appreciated by movie-goers in North India. The critics too have given a thumps-up to the film.

Vishwaroopam poster

The Tamil Nadu government lifted the ban a day after the 58-year-old actor reached an understanding with the protesting Muslim organisations. The actor-director has agreed to some cuts, including muting some dialogues, after his discussions with the Muslim organisations. The Muslims organisations protested against the film as they say the movie depicts the community in a bad light.

The Tamil Nadu government issued prohibitory orders against the film on January 24 under Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent the screening of the movie.

Earlier, the 58-year-old megastar of south Indian cinema has gone public to tell the world that delay in release of his multi-crore film is pushing him to bankruptcy and penury.

"I have mortgaged all my property to the film's financier and could end up losing all of it if I do not start paying him from a particular date. I am willing to do that if that will ensure the unity of the country as the single judge had observed," Kamal said.

He added he would look for a secular state in India, since Tamil Nadu had ceased to be one, and relocate there and build a home from scratch. "If I do not find such a state, I will settle down in a secular country. In that case, only my passport will change but I will continue to be a Tamil and Indian in my heart," he said.

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