Demanding permanent ban on the release of actor Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam , functionaries belonging to the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath submitted petition to Collector C. Samayamoorthy at the Collectorate on Thursday.
The petitioners said Muslims, who are a religious minorities and living in economically and educationally backward condition, are, of late, being portrayed as ‘terrorists’ in movies though those who follow Islam live in harmony with people following other faiths.
The film industry, which depicted the Muslims as smugglers in the early days, has started to describe them as religious fanatics and terrorists after the demolition of Babri Masjid and the attack on World Trade Centre in New York.
While the recently released ‘Thuppaakki’ made an attempt to show every Muslim as a radical element, Kamal Haasan starrer Vishwaroopam also sends a wrong message that Muslims kill people from other religions.
“We feel that these movies, by showing the Muslims as religious extremists, isolate us from the society, where we live in harmony. The State Government’s decision not to allow the screening of Vishwaroopam in Tamil Nadu has soothed us to some extent. At the same time, Mr. Kamal Haasan is making attempts to ensure the release of his movie through legal means and is threatening that he would leave Tamil Nadu to settle down in a ‘secular state’ either within the country or elsewhere with the veiled objective of whipping the sentiments of the public, especially a few politicians and a section of the film stars. However, none supported our genuine demand even though everyone knows very well that the message being disseminated through ‘Viswaroopam’ will affect the entire Muslim community in the State,” the petitioners said. The petitioners, while thanking the Chief Minister, appealed to the Collector to ensure permanent ban on the screening of the movie in the district.
“The Collector has assured us that he would take necessary steps and do the needful in the best interest of the society,” said S. Yousuf Ali, who headed the delegates who met Mr. Samayamoorthy.