'Vishwaroopam' ban: Censor board flouting norms, says Advocate General


Meenakshi Mahadevan,CNN-IBN
Jan 31, 2013 at 08:19am IST

Chennai: Just a day after Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' got the green signal from the Madras High Court to screen the film, the decision was overturned on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu Advocate General A Navaneetha Krishnan said the interim order was against public interest and that the censor board itself was flouting norms when clearing films.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Krishnan said, "The administrative authorities have taken the decision to uphold the rule of law and to maintain the law and order. The honourable division bench accepted our condition, set aside the order of the honourable single judge, which is against the larger public interest."

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Blaming the censor board, Krishnan said, "It is the legal contention that I have taken, in the course of my argument, in my submission. Film certification process is not taking place in accordance to the law, something otherwise is going on."

Censor board chairperson Leela Samson has threatened to sue the Tamil Nadu Advocate General for telling the High Court that the censors didn't follow procedures in certifying 'Vishwaroopam'. "I am shocked at the language used in court. First of all, he said that the certificate is not valid and the advocate for the 23 Muslim group said that the CBFC is a purchasable commodity. Now I object very strongly to this," Samson said.

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Reacting to Samson's threat, the Advocate General said, "Definitely the film industry people wanted to get the certificate as early as possible by by-passing the rules and regulations. An inquiry can be conducted by the court pointing some person, so nothing can be done against me for making this kind of argument in the court of law."

Meanwhile, urging his fans to maintain calm, actor and director Kamal Haasan on Wednesday evening said that he was upset and not angry over the row surrounding his latest film, 'Vishwaroopam'. Addressing the media, Haasan said that 'Vishwaroopam' was "just a movie, not worth a public agitation'.

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Reports further said Haasan may not approach the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court stay order, as had been earlier claimed. The Madras High Court on Wednesday set aside the interim order given by a judge on Tuesday. The film will not be released in the state till February 6.

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. The Madras High Court's order staying the release of the film came after the Tamil Nadu government challenged the court's interim order on Tuesday of lifting the stay on Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam'.

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The film was banned in the state on the insistence of some Muslim organisations which felt that it depicted the community in poor light.

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