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'Vishwaroopam ban': Kamal Haasan to meet Muslim groups in TN

Feb 02, 2013 08:54 AM IST India India

Chennai: Kamal Haasan plans to meet the Muslim groups opposing the release of his film 'Vishwaroopam' in Tamil Nadu to strike a compromise. The film has been banned following fears of law and order situation.

The ban in Tamil Nadu continued even as the Hindi version 'Vishwaroop' was successfully released and lauded by fans in Delhi and Mumbai.

Haasan's fans came out smiling after watching the first show of 'Vishwaroop' on Friday, each one insisting that there was nothing controversial in the film. "Not anti-Muslim or anti-India in any manner, the movie is so good and so super," said a young movie-goer. Another said, "Kamal Haasan's performance is superb, fantastic and natural. The movie is going to win national awards. It is going to rock the Indian cinema." PVR cinema sources told CNN-IBN that they expected 70 per cent bookings over the weekend.

In Uttar Pradesh too, film theatres screened the movie despite warning from the Samajwadi Party. Moviegoers in Lucknow said that the controversy was a political game against Haasan. In Mumbai, people said that there was nothing controversial in the film. "When you watch the film, you will realise it's not about Muslims," said a youth. However, in suburban Mumbai, a theatre cancelled shows after request from local residents.

The Tamil Nadu Home Secretary on Friday met Haasan's brother Chandra Haasan and representatives of the protesting Muslim groups to hammer out the differences. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had said the screening could go ahead if they reach an amicable agreement.