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SP leaders hint at mulling ban on Hindi version of 'Vishwaroopam' in Uttar Pradesh


Shreya Dhoundial,CNN-IBN
Jan 31, 2013 at 03:41pm IST

Lucknow: After Tamil Nadu, the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has also indicated mulling a ban on Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam''s Hindi version 'Vishwaroop' in the state. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said the state government will take a call after watching it.

Samajwadi Party leader Asrey Kushwaha has said that the movie could be banned in Uttar Pradesh if it hurts the sentiments of Muslims.

"We will not allow the release of the film in Uttar Pradesh till our Information and Broadcasting department sees it. If the movie has objectionable material, we will ban it in UP," Kushwaha said.

Not just Kushwaha, but senior SP leader Kamal Farooqi, too, has said that the state government will first see, after some changes, screening of the movie will be alright.

The film has been banned in Tamil Nadu and will not be released in the state till Feruary 6. Kamal Haasan said on Thursday that he would not move the Supreme Court against a stay on his film 'Vishwaroopam' by the Madras High Court even as Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari indicated that the government may consider amending the Cinematograph Act 1952.

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