Jan 25, 2013 at 10:48am IST

'Vishwaroopam' row: Madras High Court decision on Monday

New Delhi: The Madras High Court will deliver its verdict on the controversy surrounding the content in Kamal Haasan's latest 'Vishwaroopam' on Monday. The movie ran into trouble after a few Muslim organisations alleged that certain parts of it hurt their sentiments. Following protests, the Tamil Nadu government had put its release on hold.

Haasan approached the court calling it cultural terrorism. "I have been ruthlessly used as a vehicle by small groups who seek political profile. Icon bashing is a great way to be noticed when you are not one yourself. It is happening again and again. Any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose," Haasan said in a statement.

The delay in the film's release would mean it loses its crucial weekend earnings. Around 500 theaters were booked for the mega release.

The protests angered the film fraternity, who stressed on the need for unity amongst communities. Muslim organisations, however, held their ground.

The south actor has been facing a lot of hurdles with his latest movie, which has been made on a huge budget. His decision to show it on a DTH platform ahead of its theatrical release was faced with strong protests by screen-owners recently. He was forced to drop his plans to have a DTH premiere first after the protests but moved the Competition Commission of India against Tamil Nadu theatre owners for allegedly restricting the release.

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