Vishwaroopam ban is cultural terrorism: Kamal Haasan
Southern super star and filmmaker Kamal Haasan, whose latest spy thriller Vishwaroopam has been banned by the Tamil Nadu government for its "anti-Muslim content", has called the move as cultural terrorism and announced to move court.
In a statement issued by Kamal Haasan against the ban order, the actor said: "I am not only hurt by these accusations of denigrating a community but my sensibilities are truly insulted."
"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," he said.
"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," he said.
"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 happenning again and again. Any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose," he said.
"Now I will rely on law and logic to come to our support. This kind of cultural terrorism will have to stop," he said.
The state government banned the film after Muslim groups objected to its screening after a special screening for them.
Vishwaroopam is written, directed and co-produced by Kamal Haasan that features him in the lead role. The film also has Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah and Jaideep Ahlawat in supporting roles.
The film was shot in many locations, including largely in USA while sets resembling Afghanistan was constructed in Chennai.