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Vishwaroopam row ends with 7 edits

Posted on Feb 02, 10:39PM | IBNS

Chennai, Feb 2 : Southern superstar Kamal Haasan on Saturday agreed to edit seven scenes in his latest movie 'Vishwaroopam' that had offended Muslim groups, stalling the release of the film in Tamil Nadu.

The agreement to cut the audio from the seven scenes came a five-hour meeting between Haasan, government officials, and representatives of Muslim groups in Chennai.

"I will let you know the date of the release soon," Haasan said at the end of the meeting where representatives of the Muslim groups and the actor-director signed an agreement to seal the compromise.

Haasan however refused to reveal which scenes of the film will be edited but said a list identifying the audio edits would be sent to the censor board, which would formally declare them.

"We will take back our petition and we hope that the ban on the film would be lifted," Haasan said referring to his court appeals against the state government's ban on the film.

On Friday, Kamal's brother Chandra met government officials and members of those groups protesting against the movie.

Kamal was in Mumbai for the release of the Hindi version of the film. He is expected to return to Chennai on Saturday.

The Hindi version of the Rs 95-crore blockbuster, Vishwaroop, has been released across the country.

TV news channels quoted some people who saw Viswaroop and found nothing objectionable in it.

"(The film is) not anti-Muslim or anti-India in any manner," said a young film buff.