Chennai: "Tamil Nadu wants me out. I don't know who's playing these games. I will find a secular state in India or may be go to another country. Bhai MF Hussain had to do it and so will I" - that was a very emotional Kamal Haasan addressing the media on Wednesday morning in the wake of the controversy surrounding the release of his film 'Vishwaroopam'.
On Wednesday, the Madras High Court set aside the interim order given by the single judge court on late Tuesday night, which means the stay on the film, which was imposed on January 24, continues to stay in effect. This came even as Kamal Haasan issued a statement on having reached a compromise with Muslim groups.
Haasan who was initially planning to move the Supreme court on Thursday has put the decision on hold for now. Meanwhile, the film cannot be released before February 6 and the case has been adjourned till February 4 - a move questioned by the Censor Board chief Leela Samson.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in Tamil Nadu over 'Vishwaroopam'. Some protestors hurled petrol bombs at theatres that were scheduled to screen the film in certain districts of the state. Directed by and starring Kamal Haasan, 'Vishwaroopam' also features Rahul Bose and Shekhar Kapur. Its Hindi version 'Vishwaroop' is slated to release on February 1.