Each State cannot be its own Censor Board, twits Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Jan. 31 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has said there was a need to revisit the Cinematograph Act to ensure that the decisions of the Censor Board are implemented.

"Time-cinematographic act revisited to ensure implementational integrity (of) certification decisions, otherwise each state would be its own censor (board)," he tweeted against the backdrop of the ongoing controversy surrounding actor Kamal Haasan's film Vishwaroopam.

Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi came out in support of the actor today, saying how can a ban be imposed on a film after it has been certified by the Censor Board.

Singhvi, however, said the matter is sub-judice as far as the film is concerned and added that it would be unfair to comment further at this point of time.

Asserting that he was still hurt over the controversy surrounding the release of his film 'Vishwaroopam', Kamal Haasan earlier in the day said he would not approach the Supreme Court immediately, as he was still in talks on what was the best way to resolve the issue.

"Even yesterday, I was calm, I was only hurt. I am still hurt and nothing has changed," he said, when asked about the entire occurrence of events over the film's release.

Kamal Haasan, who has agreed to delete certain scenes and words from his film which may appear to be offending, last night appealed to his fans to maintain calm and not to indulge in any act of disturbance.

"Please maintain calm, we have been known for maintaining calm and discipline all through these 30 years that we have been together. We have abolished this fan club business and become social workers, now is the time for social work. I have many fans, who are also Muslims and they are with us, they are not away from us," Kamal Haasan told media in Chennai.

"I am talking to my other Muslim brothers who had a difference of opinion with certain scenes in the film and I am working on it. Do not turn it into something untoward," he added.

The 58-year-old actor justified the angst of his followers while highlighting his decision to wait for the judiciary to take a final call on the matter.

"I am fighting for justice and let me do the job on your behalf. I will ask you to come and help on this. I am only sad but that is my right to be sad and it is your right to be sad, but don't agitate; because the court is yet to give us a judgement and we shall wait," he said.

The Madras High Court yesterday upheld the two-week ban imposed on the film by the Tamil Nadu Government last week, after Muslim groups said the movie's depiction of the community was offensive.

The film, which has clearance from the Censor Board, will not be released in Kamal Haasan's home state Tamil Nadu. The Hindi version of the film is due for release today.

The Tamil and Telugu versions of the Rs.95-crore espionage thriller was originally scheduled for release on January 25. However, a day before the screenings, the Tamil Nadu Government imposed a two-week ban on the film after some Muslim groups complained that some scenes in it portrayed the community in bad light.

'Vishwaroopam' was banned from being screened in Kerala, parts of Hyderabad, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on January 25, soon after the first show. The Hindi version of the film is scheduled for release in Mumbai today.

The film has been written, produced and directed by Kamal Haasan. The movie stars Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat, Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah. Kamal Haasan also plays an important role in the film. (ANI)

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