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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Kamal Haasan agrees to cut scenes, legal battle moves to Supreme Court

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 03:37 AM PST


Actor Kamal Haasan will appeal to the Supreme Court to rescind a two-week ban on his mega-budget Vishwaroopam.  He lost his case in the Madras High Court today, minutes after he announced he had "settled amicably" with Muslim groups by agreeing to delete contentious scenes and words from the movie.

It was a day of incredible plot twists for the actor-director-producer.  Late in the afternoon, he announced he would re-edit his film, removing a list of scenes and words furnished by Muslim groups.  "My Muslim family has reached out to me...we have settled amicably...there are no more differences between me and my Muslim brothers," he said.
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The compromise contrasted with the firm stand he took at a press conference this morning, where he suggested the battle over Vishwaroopam is a crucible of India's secularism and threatened to leave Tamil Nadu if the ban on the movie was not lifted. "If there is no secular state in India, I would go overseas," he said.   Blaming the state government, he said, "It appears Tamil Nadu wants me out...but I will always remain Tamil and an Indian."
The ban on the movie was introduced by the Tamil Nadu government last week. It was lifted by a Madras High Court judge last night, who had reviewed Vishwaroopam.  But the government appealed against that verdict in the High Court today, and won.

Petrol bombs were hurled at two theatres 600 kms from Chennai which were scheduled to show Vishwaroopam. Nobody was hurt; glass windows were shattered.

Kamal Haasan's offer to make changes to his film may be based on his financial vulnerability as a producer of the big-budget film. He shared today that his house and other properties have been pledged to a money-lender. His brother, Chandra, who co-produced Vishwaroopam, has said the movie has lost between 30 and 60 crores because it has not screened as scheduled in Tamil Nadu.

Will delete some scenes from 'Vishwaroopam', says Kamal Haasan; court upholds ban

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 03:33 AM PST

Kamal Haasan on Wednesday agreed to delete some objectionable scenes from his controversial film 'Vishwaroopam'. The actor-director said the issue had been settled amicably.

But, soon after his statement on a compromise with Muslim leaders, the Madras high court on Wednesday set aside a single judge order staying the government's prohibitory orders on film 'Vishwaroopam'. As a result, theatres cannot screen the film anywhere in Tamil Nadu.

"I have agreed to remove certain scenes relating to the Holy Quran in Vishwaroopam," Kamal Haasan had said just before the HC's latest order. He reiterated his film was pro Indian Muslims and was not meant to offend his 'Muslim brothers' in any way.

Earlier in the day, an emotional Kamal Haasan said that he is thinking of leaving Tamil Nadu for some other secular state in India as the problems over his movie Vishwaroopam's release continued.

"I will look at all the states from Kashmir to Kerala excluding Tamil Nadu. If I don't find one which is secular, I will leave for another country. M F Hussain had to leave, now Haasan will have to," said the actor, whose movie's release was stopped by TN state government authorities last week after a few Muslim groups protested.

The actor told media on Wednesday that he will continue to make Tamil movies and love Tamilians even if he leaves India. "Only my passport will change," said Kamal.

Late on Tuesday night, Justice K Venkataraman had stayed the Tamil Nadu government's prohibitory orders, thereby paving the way for the film's release.

Soon after, top government lawyers rushed to the residence of Acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and obtained permission to move an urgent appeal today. When the matter was taken up, the first bench comprising Justice Dharma Rao and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan wanted to know if Kamal's lawyers had approached the district collectors challenging their prohibitory orders. When the reply was in the negative, the court said that when the statue permits an officer to exercise a particular power that authority should be allowed to exercise it.

Pointing out that advocate-general sought to file a detailed counter, the judges said the counters could be filed by Monday, and the matter could be taken up by the single judge by Wednesday,

"You have only two options before you. Either approach the district collectors and appeal against their prohibitory orders or wait for the single judge to pass final orders in the matter.

Indicating that Kamal might approach the Supreme Court immediately, his senior counsel P S Raman wanted a copy of the order today itself. The plea was granted by the bench.

Kamal Haasan to take Vishwaroopam battle to Supreme Court

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 03:28 AM PST

Actor Kamal Haasan will appeal to the Supreme Court to rescind a two-week ban on his mega-budget Vishwaroopam.  He lost his case in the Madras High Court today, minutes after he announced he had "settled amicably" with Muslim groups by agreeing to delete contentious scenes and words from the movie.

It was a day of incredible plot twists for the actor-director-producer.  Late in the afternoon, he announced he would re-edit his film, removing a list of scenes and words furnished by Muslim groups.  "My Muslim family has reached out to me...we have settled amicably...there are no more differences between me and my Muslim brothers," he said.

The compromise contrasted with the firm stand he took at a press conference this morning, where he suggested the battle over Vishwaroopam is a crucible of India's secularismtate in India, I would go overseas," he said.   Blaming the state government, he said, "It appears Tamil N and threatened to leave Tamil Nadu if the ban on the movie was not lifted. "If there is no secular state in India, I would go overseas," he said.   Blaming the state government, he said, "It appears Tamil Nadu wants me out...but I will always remain Tamil and an Indian."The ban on the movie was introduced by the Tamil Nadu government last week. It was lifted by a Madras High Court judge last night, who had reviewed Vishwaroopam.  But the government appealed against that verdict in the High Court today, and won.

Petrol bombs were hurled at two theatres 600 kms from Chennai which were scheduled to show Vishwaroopam. Nobody was hurt; glass windows were shattered.

Kamal Haasan's offer to make changes to his film may be based on his financial vulnerability as a producer of the big-budget film. He shared today that his house and other properties have been pledged to a money-lender. His brother, Chandra, who co-produced Vishwaroopam, has said the movie has lost between 30 and 60 crores because it has not screened as scheduled in Tamil Nadu.

Petrol bombs thrown at theatres meant to screen Vishwaroopam

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 03:25 AM PST

Petrol bombs were hurled this afternoon at two cinemas in Tamil Nadu which were scheduled to screen Vishwaroopam, the controversial film starring Kamal Haasan. Nobody was hurt; glass windows were shattered at the theatres located in the Ramanathapuram district, 600 kms from the state capital of Chennai.

A two-week ban on the 95-crore movie ordered by the government was lifted last night by a judge of the Madras High Court who had watched the movie.  The government has appealed against his verdict and the High Court is scheduled to hear the case today.

At a press conference today, Kamal Haasan, who is 58, refuted allegations that in Vishwaroopam, Muslim characters play into negative stereotypes, the reason cited by the government for blocking the film.  The superstar threatened to move away from India, declaring that if it does not prove itself as a secular state, he will have to find a home outside the country.  However, he reassured his fans, "I will always remain a Tamil and an Indian" and said he would never stop writing or making Tamil films.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Kamal Hassan's Vishwaroopam banned in TN

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 11:05 AM PST

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday banned the screening of Kamal Hassan's "Vishwaroopam" following strong protests from various Muslim organisations over alleged depiction of their community in a negative light. Official sources said the state government has asked the respective district collectors to invoke necessary legal provisions to maintain law and order.
The ban came hours after the Muslim groups petitioned the government, seeking a ban. A group of 20-odd organisations under a common banner submitted a memorandum to home secretary R Rajagopal to press for their demand, a day after taking up the matter with city police. MH Jawahirullah, MLA and president of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, told reporters that the movie "targets Muslims and their beliefs".
Mohammed Haneefa, coordinator of Federation of Islamic Movements and Political Parties, said the community would not accept such portrayal even if certain scenes are deleted. "We intend to register our apprehensions that release of the film with (even) deleted scenes or changes will affect the social harmony and all-round peace in the state," he said.
The move comes days after Haasan, who directs and stars in the movie, held a special show for them. The big budget movie has been made in Tamil, Hindi and Telegu.
Haasan has already clarified that Muslims are not shown in a objectionable manner in the film but that has failed to soothe frayed tempers of the community, which blames him of having a history of doing so in earlier films like Hey Ram and Unnai Pol Oruvan, the latter a remake of Hindi film A Wednesday. Hassan had played the role of Naseruddin Shah in the original.
Hasan has been facing 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.

Friday, January 18, 2013

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Villathi Movie Villain Is Roja

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 10:49 AM PST

Not many heroines have had the opportunity to impress the audience, doing a gray shaded role. To name a few Jyothika, Tamannah and Simran had their turns as the bad women in Pachaikili Muthucharam, Kedi and Parthen Rasithen respectively.

Now to join the listis a veteran heroine, who has acted with the likes of Rajinikanth, Prabhu, Karthik and Sarath Kumar. It's none other than Roja. The actress plays a mom and the lead villain in an upcoming film Villathi. It is also heard that herrole is an action packed one.

Actress Nayanthara to go glam

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 10:37 AM PST

Nayanthara, who is making a comeback of sorts in Tamil cinema, opposite Thala Ajith, is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that she strikes a chord with the audience. The actress' fame reached a notch higher when she did a bikini act in Billa.

According to sources, Nayanthara has upped the glamour quotient in her upcoming film with Ajith, which is directed by Vishnuvardhan.
In fact, we hear that she has so glam that some sources from the sets are concerned that her skin show might overshadow her acting skills.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Actor Vijay Ready Act with Ajith

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 11:32 AM PST

Director Vijay is making a film with Ilayathalapathy Vijay and Amala Paul in the name "Thalaivaa". During an interview in the recent past, the director asked actor Vijay if he would ever consider making a movie with Ajith like he did in "Rajavin Paravai" which was released in 1995. An important factor is that they were both heroes who were just rising up in the industry then and weren't the most sought out after actors like they are now."It depends on the director and the script. If the script has room for both of us, then I have no issues about doing a film with Ajith." was the reply from Vijay. Director Vijay has worked with both Vijay and Ajith and he might have a good script in hand to be asking such a question! Or so we hope.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Actor Kamal Haasan release for "Vishwaroopam" in DTH

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 11:47 AM PST


Kamal Haasan has issued a press release regarding his upcoming "Vishwaroopam". This has all the answers and information the fans have been waiting for.
Firstly, he asks for apologies for the delay and trouble caused. The DTH release of "Vishwaroopam" is set for the 2nd of February for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The DTH partners will be announced shortly and also, Kamal says that the cost of each DTH viewing will go down. There might be 3 slots from which the fans can choose their comfortable timings. Kamal thanks the patient and eager audience for their support and promises that "Vishwaroopam" on DTH will be a "one of its kind event in India".

Actor Ajith in "Valai"!?

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 11:43 AM PST


Vishnuvardhan's film with AJith is Thala's 53rd movie. This production of AM Ratnam is yet to be titled and of course, it has to be a mass yet classy one because it is his 53rd film.
The writers of the film, Suresh and Subha gave a clue about the title with a recent tweet, which said it begins with a "V". Ajith's notable hits have been a "V" beginner like "Vaali", "Villain" and "Varalaru". The guessing game is on!
The story of this film with Ajith, Nayantara, Arya, Rana Dagubatti and Pia is about a man who finds himself in a pickle and how he gets out of the nets cast by enemies. And so most of the fans side for the title "Valai". 

Actor Vijay's next titled 'Thalaivaa'

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 11:38 AM PST

Actor Vijay has been busy working on his next project with Director A.L.Vijay. The film has been quickly making progress in Mumbai just like his previous film Thuppaki which went on to become a blockbuster. After being coy on the title of the film, the makers have finally come forward and released it. Vijay's next will officially be called 'Thalaivaa' and the news breaks the silence.
Dirctor A.L.Vijay, Illayathalapathy Vijay and other members of the team were introduced the name of the film and also it's first look. G.V.Prakash Kumar will be composing for the film and he will be coming out with a song featuring Vijay again, just like Google Google. The movie has cinematography by Nirav Shah. Amala Paul and Santhanam will be playing the other roles in the film and the team is expected to move from Mumbai to Chennai soon for their second schedule.

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