Chennai/Mumbai:  Clutching on to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's statement, actor Kamal Haasan on Thursday virtually ruled out moving the Supreme Court for now, saying he was thankful to Jayalalithaa's offer to break the impasse over 'Vishwaroopam'.

READ MORE: Ban has inflicted Rs 60-cr loss: Haasan

"I thank the Chief Minister. I am grateful to her. She has been kind enough to offer her help... now that she has helped us why should we go (to the Supreme Court)," he told a press conference in Mumbai after the premiere of the Hindi version of the film releasing on Friday.
   
The 58-year-old actor was asked whether he would move the Apex Court against the Madras High Court order, staying release of the film that was banned by the state government in wake of objections raised by some Muslim outfits.

Jaya justifies ban on ‘Vishwaroopam’   

Breaking her silence a week after the ban exploded into a national controversy, Jayalalithaa said in Chennai on Thursday morning that she has no "personal grudge" against Haasan or "personal interest" in the ban.
   
She offered to facilitate an amicable settlement if Haasan and Muslim groups come together.
   
Finding fault with Haasan, she said government had made a request to him to show the movie to a few representatives of the Muslim organisations. "Had he done it, the problem would have been avoided. But he avoided showing the movie."
    
"If Muslim organisations and Kamal Haasan are ready to sit down and work out an amicable agreement, if he agrees to delete certain portions that are objectionable, then the decks would be cleared for screening of the movie, then Tamil Nadu government will do that to facilitate such an amicable settlement."
   
M H Jawahirullah, MLA, who raked up objections to some scenes in the film as hurting Muslim sentiments, welcomed the Chief Minister's statement and said he and 23 other Muslim outfits were ready to engage with the actor if a tripartite meeting is called.

Kamal Haasan to wait before moving SC

In the press conference, Haasan said he would wait for the Madras High Court order on February 4. "We have to respect the law," he said.
   
The objections and the controversy surrounding the film "is politics" and there is nothing religious about it, he added.
   
However, Haasan did not go into details whether he would engage with Muslim outfits as suggested by the Chief Minister.

Kamal thinks for self-exile

Elaborating on his earlier remark, Haasan said he was "seriously" thinking of leaving the country if this kind of row erupted again.
   
"In anger...in emotional outburst I would have said that I will leave the country. It does not mean I will do it... I enjoy the glory and fame. But if this happens again, I will seriously think of leaving. I am serious," Haasan told reporters.
   
He had made an impassioned plea seeking the release of the film in his home state Tamil Nadu, saying that he would go abroad in search of a 'secular state' where he would be allowed to continue pursuing his art.
   
When asked whether the controversy on the film will help it at the box office, Haasan said, "It is very silly to say I got good publicity; India did not get good publicity. What is the use of me getting good publicity when India's name is being dragged in the muck.
   
"I don't want any more squabbling. This is gruelling, troublesome and insulting. Not only for me, but to several others associated with this movie. This kind of squabbling is not going to take us anywhere," Haasan said.
   
Haasan said that the delay in the release may have cost him anything between 30 to 60 crores.
     
The film was earlier slated to hit the screens on January 25.

There are no 'bad Muslims' in my film: Kamal Haasan

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan said there are no "bad Muslims" in his movie "Vishwaroopam" but added there was no way he could portray terrorists as "white" characters.

"I have not shown bad Muslims in my film. The good Muslims in my film are Indian Muslims and the bad ones are terrorists," he told the media here.

"How can you expect me to paint terrorists white?" Kamal Haasan asked, a day before the release of the Hindi version "Vishwaroop".

(Agencies)

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Vishwaroopam row: Kamal thanks Jaya, rules out SC move for now

I’m thankful to Jaya, says Kamal Haasan

 

       

Chennai/Mumbai:  Clutching on to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's statement, actor Kamal Haasan on Thursday virtually ruled out moving the Supreme Court for now, saying he was thankful to Jayalalithaa's offer to break the impasse over 'Vishwaroopam'.

       

"I thank the Chief Minister. I am grateful to her. She has been kind enough to offer her help... now that she has helped us why should we go (to the Supreme Court)," he told a press conference in Mumbai after the premiere of the Hindi version of the film releasing on Friday.

       

The 58-year-old actor was asked whether he would move the Apex Court against the Madras High Court order, staying release of the film that was banned by the state government in wake of objections raised by some Muslim outfits.

       

Breaking her silence a week after the ban exploded into a national controversy, Jayalalithaa said in Chennai on Thursday morning that she has no "personal grudge" against Haasan or "personal interest" in the ban.

       

She offered to facilitate an amicable settlement if Haasan and Muslim groups come together.

       

Finding fault with Haasan, she said government had made a request to him to show the movie to a few representatives of the Muslim organisations. "Had he done it, the problem would have been avoided. But he avoided showing the movie."

    

"If Muslim organisations and Kamal Haasan are ready to sit down and work out an amicable agreement, if he agrees to delete certain portions that are objectionable, then the decks would be cleared for screening of the movie, then Tamil Nadu government will do that to facilitate such an amicable settlement."

       

M H Jawahirullah, MLA, who raked up objections to some scenes in the film as hurting Muslim sentiments, welcomed the Chief Minister's statement and said he and 23 other Muslim outfits were ready to engage with the actor if a tripartite meeting is called.