- Published on Thursday, 31 January 2013 17:57
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Sri Lankan Media Minister said that the South Indian film produced and directed by Kamal Haasen has not been fully banned in Sri Lanka but suspended temporarily.
Government spokesman Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the government has temporarily banned it and a final decision will be taken in due course.
“It is my personal opinion let the public express their view after having watch the film” the minister said when asked for his opinion about banning the film.
He said there is no time frame or hurry to arrive at a decision. India has already banned it and we too. But the minister said that the government facilitated the Muslims to see it and yet to arrive at a final decision .
He further elaborated the position of the Indian Government gives a clue for Sri Lanka in this regard. Therefore we observe the Indian position and accordingly to suit the Sri Lankan atmosphere.
On Jan 30, a Madras HC bench chaired by Justice Dharma Rao re-imposed the ban on the film and nullified the revocation of an earlier ban on the film by Justice K. Venkataraman on Jan 29.
The final hearing on the case is due February 6.
The Rs 95 crore espionage thriller was originally scheduled to release in Tamil and Telugu on Jan 25, but 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 the film portrayed the community in a bad light.
Kamal Haasen on Wednesday has agreed to cut a few scenes that were pointed out as controversial to him by his Muslim brothers.
"Any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose." Kamal, 58, described on the ban
Vishwaroopam was also initially banned in places such as Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Malayasia.
Written, produced and directed by Kamal, features him in the title role. Other members of the cast include Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur and Jaideep Ahlawat. Its Hindi version Vishwaroop is slated to release Friday.