Vishwaroopam ban: Haasan, Muslim groups reach deal; 7 scenes to be deleted


Meenakshi Mahadevan,CNN-IBN
Feb 02, 2013 at 11:01pm IST

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Chennai: Actor and director Kamal Haasan on Saturday reached an agreement with Muslim groups protesting against his film 'Vishwaroopam' and announced that he had agreed to cut seven scenes from the film and mute certain other scenes that were deemed as offensive. The Muslim groups agreed to withdraw protests after the deal.

The talks between the two groups reportedly continued for five hours. It was presided over by Tamil Nadu Home Secretary. Coming out of the meeting, Haasan said he was thankful to the state government for facilitating the meeting. He also said that the two sides had agreed on the scenes which would be deleted. He added that the film would also run a disclaimer.

Haasan further said that the release date of the film would be announced soon. The Madras High Court had stayed the release of the film in the state till February 6 following violent protests during which petrol bombs were hurled at two theatres.

Haasan said that he was hopeful that the ban on the film will now be lifted. He added that he will withdraw the writ petition he had filed against the state government at the Madras High Court.

Meanwhile, the leader of the protesting groups said that they were thankful to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for arranging the meeting between the two sides. "The talks were successful. Kamal Haasan has agreed to remove certain dialogues from the film which were objectionable to us," he added.

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