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Madras High Court judge to review Vishwaroopam today

Posted on Jan 26, 03:10PM | IBNS

In order to review the two-week ban imposed on southern superstar and filmmaker Kamal Haasan's latest spy thriller 'Vishwaroopam' by the Tamil Nadu government, a judge from the Madras High Court will reportedly watch it on Saturday.

The court will deliver its verdict on the film on Monday.

Haasan on Thursday had moved the Madras High Court and filed a petition after the Tamil Nadu government banned the screening Vishwaroopam for fifteen days.

The Madrash High Court on the same day ruled that 'Vishwaroopam', facing a government ban, cannot release till at least Monday.

The Rs 95-crore movie was supposed to be released on Friday before running into opposition by groups protesting its "anti-Muslim content" and was banned by the government.

Till the judge comes up with a verdict on the movie on Monday, the ban will stay in place.

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth came out in support of Haasan and urged Muslim groups in Tamil Nadu to help him release 'Vishwaroopam' which is facing a government ban in the state.

"I am very upset about the developments in the Vishwaroopam issue. I have known Kamal for 40 years now. I know Kamal would not hurt anyone. From the very fact he showed the movie to Islamic community says he respects them," Rajinikanth said in a statement.

The Tamil superstar urged Muslim 'friends' to "sit with Haasan and discuss the issue and allow its release without affecting its storyline".

The state government banned the film after Muslim groups objected to its screening after a special screening for them.

The film was not screened in other south Indian cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore on Friday.

'Vishwaroopam' is written, directed and co-produced by 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 were constructed in Chennai.