'Vishwaroopam' ban unacceptable, says censor board chief

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Leela Samson is in state of shock after the ban on Kamal Haasan's film "Vishwaroopam", and says that the act is "an infringement on freedom of expression".

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 4:32:01 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Leela Samson is in state of shock after the ban on Kamal Haasan's film "Vishwaroopam", and says that the act is "an infringement on freedom of expression".

"This is hounding of an artist, a man who is an icon of Tamil Nadu. We are sensitive to issues. The group objecting to 'Vishwaroopam' have the freedom not to view it. We will object to the language used by the lawyer representing the Tamil Nadu government against the censor board," Samson told CNN-IBN news channel.

The Madras High Court Tuesday ruled in favour of "Vishwaroopam" and revoked the ban by the state government. It, however, said the administrative step was to be taken by the government. However, in the latest development, a two-judge bench of the high court upheld and re-imposed the ban on the film Wednesday.

"It is absolutely unacceptable. We have certified hundreds and thousands of films but only with 'Vishwaroopam', people find, it has not been done with due diligence? This is an infringement on freedom of expression," Samson added.

The mega-budget film was due to release Jan 25, but the Tamil Nadu government banned the film following fears of law and order situation. The ban was further extended to Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 8:58am
Muslims don't have a problem with EVERYTHING, Everyone else (Majority) has a problem with Islam/Muslims. Why is always terrorism associated or even linked with Islam/ Muslims? Why is it now whenever anyone says the word terrorism they instantly think Muslim? It's media and movies like these that influence the world to think this. And if you going to reply it's becuase of the 9/11 attack well listen to this. If one person of group does something bad, does it mean everyone in that group is bad? If that's true why aren't ALL Christians thought of as the KKK? Why not!? Why isn't there loads of movies relating Christians to KKK in movies or media? I'm not attacking them at all. I'm just putting this in another perspective.

Of course this shouldn't happen becuase movies and media like this stereotype. But then why do it with Islam? Why specifically Muslims?

Coming to this ban. I don't agree with the ban only because there's no point of it. There are worse movies out there about portraying Muslims in a bad light and this movie is just another in the line.

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 6:10am
This is purely a political game And it's soo upsetting 2 c they r playing with a veteran actor n a gr8 person Kamal Hassan sir...!!!!

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 5:22am
religions ovr powering human senses is not a gud thng fr sure...y cnt ppl take entertainments the way they are...!!ths is not sumthng wer they cn shw off their religious strength..cornerng a man and forcing him to heights...

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