Cultural terrorism should stop: Kamal Hassan

Chennai, Jan 24 (IANS) Noted actor Kamal Hassan, expressing his shock at the two-week ban ordered by the Tamil Nadu government on his film "Vishwaroopam" after objections from Muslim organisations, said Thursday he would seek a legal remedy.

In a statement Kamal Hassan 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."

"Now I will rely on law and logic to come to our support. This kind of cultural terrorism will have to stop," he added.

The film, which deals about the adversities of war, was majorly shot in the US and Afghanistan.

While he is touched by the support he and his film gets, Kamal added that he is appalled at how his movie is construed to be against his Muslim brothers.

"I am not only hurt by these accusations of denigrating a community but my sensibilities are truly insulted," said Kamal who has written, produced and directed the movie.

He said his statements in favour of the Muslim community has marked him as its 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 added.

On Wednesday the state government banned "Vishwaroopam" movie for two weeks with around 25 Muslim organisations objected to Kamal's movie on the ground that it portrays the community in bad light.

The Tamil and Telugu versions were slated for a Friday release, while the Hindi version, titled "Vishwaroop", is scheduled to come out Feb 1.

When Muslim organisations had objected to the movie, the 58-year-old organised a special show for them to allay their fears.

However, the organisations hardened their stance after watching the movie, alleging that the community was shown in bad light.

Earlier, the film got into trouble when Kamal had announced that he will premiere it first on DTH and then take it to the theatres.

But when distributors objected, he had to revise his plans. Now the Tamil and Telugu versions will be aired on DTH a week after theatrical release.

--Indi-Asian News Service



Get stories like this on the Yahoo app and discover more every day.
Download it now.

Yahoo Cricket

Latest News

  • I enjoy exploring different mediums: Amol Parashar

    Mumbai, Jan 19 (IANS) Budding actor Amol Parashar, who has shared screen space with popular film stars like Ranbir Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee and has also acted in short films and web series, says he enjoys exploring different mediums and forms of entertainment. Since he has acted in a variety of entertainers for the digital platform, asked if that limits his opportunity to get a big break as a lead actor in a mainstream Bollywood film, Amol told IANS: "I enjoy exploring different mediums as an …

  • Farhan’s Mother Honey Irani Upset With His Divorce, Hates Shraddha!
    Farhan’s Mother Honey Irani Upset With His Divorce, Hates Shraddha!

    Lots of conflict happening at the Akhtar residence, courtesy Shakti Kapoor’s daughter Shraddha. Read on as gives you all the dope... …

  • Terence Lewis steps in front of camera

    Mumbai, Jan 19 (IANS) Ace choreographer Terence Lewis has made his acting debut with a short film titled "The Good Girl". Actor Harssh A Singh has also made his debut as a director with the film, which released on Thursday on YouTube. Lewis is essaying the role of a 34-year-old man who falls in love with an elderly married woman. …

  • Nikhil Malik's ode to the deaf community with his new single

    New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Composer Nikhil Malik says his new single "Boring I love you" -- shot with differently-abled youngsters -- is for the deaf community. Malik came out with the single as a collaborative project with Raghav Meattle under Meattle & Malik. If one deaf person watches this video and says he understood the meaning of the song, it means the world to me." Malik says he worked with Ruma Roka, the founder of Noida Deaf Society, for the video. …

  • Would like to play a complete negative character: Sandeep Anand

    Mumbai, Jan 19 (IANS) Actor Sandeep Anand, who is seen playing the lovable character Saajan Agarwal from the TV show "May I Come in Madam?", wants an image makeover and says he would like portray a character with shades of grey on screen. It is something which I have never done before and it would be a good challenge," Sandeep said in a statement. "I have always essayed a comic character -- whether it's on TV or plays. …

  • Irrfan-starrer 'Hindi Medium' to release in May

    Mumbai, Jan 19 (IANS) Irrfan Khan-starrer "Hindi Medium" will hit the screens on May 12. …

  • It's out! Promotional track of 'Jolly Good Fellow' from 'Jolly LLB 2'

    New Delhi [India], Jan. 19 (ANI): Upcoming Bollywood movie 'Jolly LLB 2', the sequel to 2013 hit 'Jolly LLB', starring superstar Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi has released its promotional music video 'Jolly Good Fellow'. The song depicts Khiladi Kumar as a happy-go-lucky lawyer where he can be seen showing his hilarious dance moves on the peppy number. The Bollywood actress is also complementing the 49-year-old actor in this video dancing as crazy as Akshay. …

  • Sustaining by adapting to changing times: Actor Rituraj Singh

    New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) He has been working for two decades in the Indian TV industry. Actor Rituraj Singh, currently seen as a a secret agent in "Trideviyaan", says the secret behind his long career lies in the fact that he has adapted to the changes that have come with time, rather than waiting for the system to change. Rituraj, who has also had a promising career in films and theatre, rued how TV channels and producers no longer emphasise on a quality script. …