Film-maker Kamal Haasan's lawyers on Thursday have moved the Madras High Court challenging the prohibitory orders of the Tamil Nadu government to prevent the screening of his movie Vishwaroopam in Tamil Nadu theatres for 15 days starting January 25.

The matter is likely to be taken up in the course of the day.

The government banned the release of the multi-starrer movie, citing ‘law and order’ reasons, following the demand of various Muslim organisations in the state.

Reacting to the ban, the actor said: "I am in a different time zone. Either media waits for me to wake up or justice will..." Kamal Haasan is currently in the United States promoting his movie. The statement was released by his spokesperson. The Hindi version of the film titled Vishwaroop was premiered in Los Angeles on Wednesday for international audience.

'Cultural terrorism should stop'

Earlier, actor Kamal Haasan said he is appalled at how his film Vishwaroopam has been construed to be against Muslims.

In a strongly worded letter on Thursday morning, copies of which were sent to media organisations, the acclaimed actor said: “While I am touched by the voices in support for me and my film, I am appalled at how my film is construed to be against my Muslim brothers.”

“My statements in favour of that community have marked me as a sympathizer. I have always gone beyond the call of my duty as an actor to voice my opinion in favour of what was humane and civil. I have been part of an organization called Harmony India which worked for Hindu Muslim amity.”

The actor said not only was he hurt by the accusations “of denigrating a community but my sensibilities are truly insulted.”

“I have been ruthlessly used as a vehicle by small groups who seek political profile. Icon bashing is a great way to be noticed when you are not one yourself. It is happening again and again. Any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose.”

“Now I will rely on law and logic to come to our support. This kind of cultural terrorism will have to stop.”