Chennai: Screening of Kamal Haasan’s 'Vishwaroopam' in Tamil Nadu has been deferred
again with the Madras high court today setting aside a single judge’s
order giving the green signal for the release even as the actor agreed
to delete certain scenes considered offensive by Muslim outfits. The actor, however, has agreed to re-edit the movie. Watch: Kamal Haasan to approach SC l Haasan agrees to cut scenes l SRK defends Kamal Haasan
"I have agreed to remove certain scenes relating to the Holy Quran in Vishwaroopam," he said.
"There is no difference between me and my Muslim brothers. It is our duty to take care of them. There are four scenes that are being pointed out and I am willing to remove these scenes from the movie," he added.
The double judge bench of high court fixed the date of next hearing on Monday.
The film will not be released in the state till February 6.
The actor now plans to move an appeal in the Supreme Court tomorrow against the high court order.
The veteran actor said that if the ban on his controversial film 'Vishwaroopam' is not lifted, he might have to look out for a "secular state" and that can be out of the country.
"I have lost all my property for the film, so I have nothing to lose, but choose now. If the judgment is not favourable for me, I have to look out for a secular state abroad. We will get away from this place but will have lot of good memories," the 58-year-old told reporters at a press conference.
"If there is no secular state in India, I would go overseas. I think Tamil Nadu wants me out. What would change is my passport; I would still be an Indian. I have pledged all my property for the film. I have lost my house because of delay in release," he added.
He said he was still trying to understand why "some members with strong
political backing" were against his film. "The film is running
successfully in other states and the feedback from the audience has also
The Rs.95 crore espionage thriller, which stars Kamal and is written, produced and directed by him, was banned by the state government after some Muslim groups complained that the film portrayed their community in bad light.
The mega-budget film was due to release on January 25, but the Tamil Nadu government banned the film following fears of law and order situation. The ban was further extended to Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
The film was originally scheduled to release Jan 25 in Tamil and Telugu, but was only released in a few places in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It was banned in these places as well after the first show on the release day.
It was also banned in places such as Malaysia and Sri Lanka after two days of run in the cinemas.