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Jan 30, 2013 at 12:04am IST

Madras HC revokes ban on Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam'

Chennai: In a relief to actor and director Kamal Haasan, the Madras High Court on Tuesday night lifted the stay on 'Vishwaroopam', overriding Tamil Nadu government's order of banning the film from theatres in Tamil Nadu. The ban itself was illegal because none of the orders were served in the court, said the two-page judgement.

Earlier in the day, the court had reserved judgement on the ban on the film which has come under fire from Muslim groups, who protested against the alleged portrayal of the community as terrorists. The court had on Monday asked Haasan to meet government officials in Tamil Nadu and look for a middle ground to resolve the row.

The arguments were over after 6 pm and the judge reserved the order. CS Raman, Haasan's lawyer, said the judge heard the arguments and indicated that he will announce the verdict by 8-8:30 pm on Tuesday.

The Rs 95-crore film, which was due to release in the state on January 25, has been written, produced and directed by Kamal Haasan. Kamal Haasan landed in Chennai on Sunday night but refused to comment on the matter.