Malaysian Indian Congress joins calls to lift ban on Kamal Hassan's 'Viswaroopam'
Kuala Lumpur, Jan. 30 : The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) has urged the government to lift the suspension of Viswaroopam, a Tamil film directed by legendary Indian actor Kamal Hassan.
MIC strategic director S. Vell Paari said the spy thriller portrayed incidents of terrorism but had nothing to do with religion. He joined the call by Hindraf Makkal Sakti for the Government to allow the screening of the movie, reports The Star.
Vell Paari added that he had extended an invitation to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and his officers to attend a special screening of the movie and decide whether it was anti-Islam as alleged by some quarters.
The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia had initially approved Viswaroopam for public viewing and Lotus Fivestar AV started screening the movie on Jan 24. The approval, however, was withdrawn the next day following a Home Ministry directive.
The board's control and enforcement division secretary Razak Derahman said the movie was suspended on Hishammuddin's orders.
Meanwhile, Penang Hindu Association deputy president P. Murugiah said the Government must be consistent with their guidelines on the screening of films in the country.
He said the association had, in 2008, called on the Government not to allow the screening of the Mike Myers movie, The Love Guru, which allegedly had elements that were sensitive to Hindus.
The film, written and produced by Myers, who also acted in it, starred several renowned names, including Justin Timberlake and Ben Kingsley. It was a flop at the box office.