Eager fans waited anxiously while senior lawyers presented their arguments running to several hours, but there was no relief at the end of Thursday for actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, as the Madras High Court directed that the release of Vishwaroopam be postponed till January 28.

Justice K. Venkataraman decided to view the film himself on January 26 before deciding on the merits of the Tamil Nadu government’s two-week ban on the film.

Directive

On Wednesday, the State government cited law and order reasons to ask all its district collectors and city police commissioners to prevent the screening of the film across the State.

The film was due for release on Friday.

Aggrieved over the ban, the producers Rajkamal Films International and S. Chandrahasan rushed to the Court.

Passing an interim order, Justice K.Venkataraman said: “Whether the film has got any scenes affecting the sentiment of the people, who have given complaint or not, could be decided only after viewing the film. Now, considering the fact that the Republic Day is to be celebrated on January 26, the petitioners can postpone the release of the film till January 28.