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Deal expected for Viswaroopam release
By Nirmala Joseph February 03, 2013
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CHENNAI: Actor-director Kamal Hassan’s controversial movie Viswaroopam was expected to clear the hurdles raised by some Muslim outfits and hit the screens later this week.

Late on Saturday Kalam was engaged in direct talks with leaders of the 24 Muslim outfits who had raised the objections, which has been holding up the film.

The Muslim leaders wanted Kamal to delete scenes allegedly denigrating the Holy Quran, but Kamal is understood to have pointed out that the film is doing great business in the northern parts of the country without any objection from any community including Muslims.

The Hindi version, entitled Viswaroop, has grossed millions since its release last Friday in the north and there has been no negative reaction from Muslims.

The state home secretary has joined the talks on Saturday.

A deal is expected late into the night after which a screening for the Muslim leaders may be held on Sunday and if they clear it, the release is likely by Wednesday.

The talks were set on Friday but the Muslim leaders felt Kamal’s presence was essential.

Since he was in Mumbai on Friday they suggested that the talks be put off.

Kamal flew back by afternoon on Saturday, and was seen visibly excited that the film was doing well in the north without any hassles.

A large number of mediapersons virtually mobbed him at the airport.

Kamal tried to explain that the movie is in fact a statement on the negative approach towards Muslims on the issue of terrorism.

He stressed that the film does not offend Muslims in any way.

Kamal had moved the high court after the state government imposed a 15 day ban on the release of the film.

This was challenged by Rajkamal Films Internationals the banner under, which Kamal and his elder brother Chandrahansan produced the film.

A single judge in an interim order struck down the ban after which the state government got it reimposed when the first bench of the High court stayed the single judge’s order.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief minister J. Jayalalithaa clrifiying that her government had only taken law and order situation into consideration while ordering the ban and suggested that Kamal Hassan could still sort out the issue with the protesting Muslim outfits.

The actor said last week that he had pledged all his property to make the trilingual movie, estimated to have cost around Rs1 billion.

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