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Police await Vishwaroopam court verdict today

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IMPATIENT: Kamal Haasan fans in Bangalore staging a protest on Monday against the non-release of the much-awaited film. Photo: Sampath Kumar
The Hindu IMPATIENT: Kamal Haasan fans in Bangalore staging a protest on Monday against the non-release of the much-awaited film. Photo: Sampath Kumar

Distributor decides to seek security for film release

Fans here have to wait for another day to know the status on the screening of the Kamal Haasan starrer Vishwaroopam as the State police have decided to wait for the Madras High Court judgment, expected to be delivered on Tuesday.

While the film was to hit the screens in about 40 cinemas across the State — 12 of them in Bangalore — on Sunday, screening was deferred on the advice of the police after violence broke out in Mysore and Bhadravati.

“We will wait for the High Court judgment,” Additional Director-General of Police Bipin Gopalkrishna told The Hindu.

He, however, did not wish to comment when his attention was drawn to some senior police officials, including Bangalore Police Commissioner B.G. Jyothi Prakash Mirji, watching the film at the Renukamba cinema here to decide on the film’s content before being allowed to be released.

Meanwhile, H.D. Gangaraj of Shakti Enterprises, which has taken the distribution rights in the Old Mysore area, said that he has decided to seek police security to release the film.

“We are trying to get it released here on Tuesday,” he said and added that he had already suffered huge losses.

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nothing to complain about vishwaroopam. I have watched this movie and a part of the film is based in Afganishthan. so it demands more muslim characters. It is a very good technical movie ever i had seen in india. we should be proud of Mr.Kamal Haasan for giving movie like this to us instead of creatign politics and hinderign the release

from:  rajesh
Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 at 21:00 IST

Its such a disgrace to the nation that we allow a minority to hold back a movie. Why do we have censor board and beyond that a court. What kamal hassan has potrayed in the film is the truth. Yes whether you agree or not most of the terrorist activites involve muslim community. The irony is also they attack their own fellow community. Kamal hassan has also told only abt evil..not about good innocent muslims

from:  Varun P
Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 at 15:54 IST

If they are not going to release it in TN or Karnataka i ll go and watch in Kerala or even in Mumbai. Now who can stop me from watching it? Because of this politics not only Kamal but also the Theater Owners is going to face the loss.

from:  Abinesh
Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 at 15:18 IST

Judges and Officials seem to be enjoying the movie while denying the opportunity to genuine fans.

from:  K. Maulee
Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 at 13:51 IST

I find it very off that the court and the police are not allowing a film which has been cleared by the Censor Board. Even more confusing and illogical is the learned judge's remark that Kamal should try to find an amicable settlement by way of talks. It is like asking the victim to amicably settle the matter with the tormentor. I am sure law will prevail,the movie will release and on my part as a fan and supporter of Kamal,I will watch it in the theater on the day of its release and will contribute my bit for the success of the film.

from:  Shyam G
Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 at 13:26 IST

It is a pathetic state of affairs in our country. People like Owaisi can
go free after a hate speech that is really hurting and a movie like
Viswaroopam gets a Ban. This is a after all a Movie and we seem to
attach more importance to the movie than real life incidents. It seem to
be totally political motivation rather than any religious sentiments.
God help India.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 at 12:45 IST
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