Hyderabad: The Hyderabad police have issued orders to stop the screening of Kalam Haasan starrer 'Vishwaroopam' in the city for a day on Friday.

Sabita Indra Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Home Minister, said that police commissioners of Hyderabad and Cyberabad approached her to allow the police administration to stop the screening the movie until they are satisfied that the film would not create any disturbances.

Rajnikanth backs Kamal Haasan

Rallying behind actor-director Kamal Haasan amidst ongoing controversy on the screening of the film- Vishwaroopam, Tamil superstar Rajnikanth today spoke against a complete ban on the movie in Tamil Nadu and appealed to the people of Muslim community to end the impasse through talks.

The 'Enthiran' star described Haasan as his 40-year friend and said he knew him as a person who does not hurt anybody.

"The fact that Kamal Haasan held a special screening of the movie for Muslim brothers, meeting their demand despite being cleared by the Censor Board, shows his respect for the community," Rajnikanth said in a statement here.

"Kamal is not an ordinary artiste. He is a great artiste who had taken Tamil cinema to the global level. I request my Muslim brothers to factor in this and change their stand of demanding for a complete ban.

"I request them to help him in releasing the film by having talks with him upon his return (from the US) and by making corrections to the film without affecting its storyline," he said while extending his Meelad-un-Nabi greetings.

Vishwaroopam and Vishwaroopa are Tamil and Hindi versions of a spy-thriller move respectively. This movie has been written, directed and co-produced by Kamal Haasan that features him in the lead role. It is the first Indian film, and second film worldwide (after Red Tails), to use the new Auro 3D sound technology. Vishwaroopam will also be the first of its kind to release on Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms, on the concept of one time watch for a fee of INR1,000 (USD18.2).

The much awaited movie grabbed the media eye-ball when Tamil Nadu government asked the district administrative officials to ban the screening of the film for two weeks following protests from Muslim groups who alleged that their community was depicted in a bad light in the movie, prompting Haasan to seek redressed from Madras High Court and in turn, the court on Thursday stayed the release of the film till January 28, with the Judge, hearing the plea filed by Haasan, scheduled to watch the film on Saturday.


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