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Show respect for people's sentiments while making films : TN Govt

Posted on Feb 03, 01:24PM | UNI

Chennai, Feb 1 : At a time when Thespian Kamal Hassan's multi-crore spy thriller Viswaroopam was mired in a controversy following opposition from some Muslim outfits, the Tamil Nadu Government today warned that it would not spare anyone who tries to whip-up communal passions and urged film makers to show 'due respect' for sensitivities of the people while producing such films.

Delivering his customary address to the State Assembly, Governor Dr K Rosaiah said due to J Jayalalithaa government's firmness and resolve, timely interventions to ban the release of sensitive films like 'DAM 999' had averted serious law and order problems that could have engulfed the state.

'I urge the filmmakers to show due respect for the sensitivities of the people while making such films and avoid hurting public sentiments,' he said, in an apparent reference to the controversy surrounding 'Viswaroopam' which was banned in Tamil Nadu following protests by Muslim outfits on the ground that the film portrayed them in bad taste.

After the state government had banned the controversial film 'Dam 999' at the height of the Mullaiperiyar Dam row with Kerala, the filmmakers moved the Supreme Court, which had upheld it.