Chennai: Tension prevailed in Tamil Nadu over 'Vishwaroopam' as protestors hurled petrol bombs at two theatres in the Ramanathapuram district. The two theatres were scheduled to screen Vishwaroopam. There were reports of petrol bombs being hurled at theatres in Chennai and other areas across Tamil Nadu.
This came even as actor Kamal Haasan made an emotional pitch ahead of the Madras High Court's final decision on the release of his film 'Vishwaroopam'. Questioning the religious tolerance in Tamil Nadu and India, Haasan said, "I think Tamil Nadu wants me out. I will wait for a secular place to live in from Kashmir to Kerala leaving Tamil Nadu."
Citing artist MF Husain's example, Haasan said, "If I do not find a secular place in India, I will have to look for another country. MF Husain had to do it, now Haasan will have to do it."
Expressing anger on the delay of Vishwaroopam's release, Haasan said he is not satisfied with the reasons that he has been given for the ban of the film in Tamil Nadu. "There are various reasons given to me as to why this is happening, none of them makes sense to me. The fact is I still need to get any relief," Haasan said.
While there were protests in many parts of Tamil Nadu, many in the industry came out in support of Kamal Haasan. Sources say Tamil superstar Rajinikanth is also expected to meet Kamal Haasan to express support.