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Court lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam'

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  • Jan 30, 2013, 00:37 AM IST
Court lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam'
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Mumbai: A day after Kamal Haasan was asked to enter into dialogue with the Jayalalithaa government on lifting the fortnight-long ban imposed on his magnum opus, 'Vishwaroopam', the Madras High Court lifted the ban on release of 'Vishwaroopam' in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. However, the Tamil Nadu Government said it would appeal against the Madras High Court verdict.

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    Court lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam'

    Earlier, the actor was reportedly asked to re-edit his mega-budget thriller by nearly an hour to ensure it releases in theatres.

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    Court lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam'

    Questioning the 'UA' certificate issued to 'Vishwaroopam', the Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday alleged in the Madras High Court that certification of films itself was a "very big scam" and sought a probe into it by a law enforcing agency.

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    Court lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam'

    Arguing before Justice K Venkataraman, advocate general A Navaneethakrishnan said the "UA" certificate to 'Vishwaroopam' was not issued by the Censor Board, but only by an examining committee not mandated by provisions of the Constitution.

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    Court lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam'

    Rejecting the charge, additional solicitor General Wilson said the certification was done by procedure. The application for certification came to the Censor Board on Oct 4, 2012, the film was viewed on Oct 8 and a showcause notice to cut certain scenes sent on October 10, he said.

    The cuts were accepted and removed and the final certification given on October 17. Scenes to a running time of 1.08 minutes were cut, he said.

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    Court lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam'

    Even at a meeting with the home secretary on Dec 23 last, the examining officer said objectionable scenes were deleted from the film, Wilson said.

    The Tamil Nadu Government had banned the screening of the film in the face of opposition by some Muslim outfits, who claimed that the nearly Rs 100 crore movie portrayed their community in a negative light.

    In the meanwhile, 'Vishwaroopam' continues to run in theatres in Kerala despite protests from a section of Muslim organisations.

    Adequate protection was being given for the screening of the movie which has been cleared by the Censor Board.

    However, the movie shows were disrupted in some parts of Ernakulam, Idukki and Palakkad districts.

    After crossing several hurdles, the film was slated for release in theatres on January 25. But, the eleventh hour ban had come as a shocker following opposition from Muslim groups that the narrative was anti-Islam.

    Kamal expressed his deep disappointment with the silence of the film fraternity.

    Considering the sensitivity of the issue, many in the industry prefer to keep a low profile though they are against the ban. (with PTI inputs)

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