Haasan's 'leaving India' remark unfortunate: Congress

The Congress Wednesday termed as "unfortunate" the remark of actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan that he may leave the country if the final verdict on his controversial film "Vishwaroopam" was not in his favour.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 6:18:02 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The Congress Wednesday termed as "unfortunate" the remark of actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan that he may leave the country if the final verdict on his controversial film "Vishwaroopam" was not in his favour.

Amid allegations of his film being against the Muslims, the actor said: "If there is no secular state in India, I would go overseas. I think Tamil Nadu wants me out. What would change is my passport; I would still be an Indian. I have pledged all my property for the film. I have lost my house because of delay in release."

Commenting on the statement, Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko told reporters that "it was an unfortunate statement".

"Vishwaroopam" was due to release Jan 25, but was banned by the Tamil Nadu government following objections from certain Muslim groups, who claimed that the film portrayed their community in a bad light.

The problems faced by the mega-budget "Vishwaroopam" increased Wednesday after the Madras High Court set aside the single judge's interim order that allowed screening of the film in the state.

Hearing the appeal of the Tamil Nadu government, a two-member high court bench set aside the single judge's order and re-imposed the ban.

The high court bench chaired by Justice Dharma Rao nullified the revocation of the ban on the film by Justice K. Venkataraman Tuesday.

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Posted on: 31 January 2013 at 7:45pm
@Zara Hi. I hate doing this back and forth thing but I really want to clear one thing up so I don't get in trouble. I never said that "that's how it should be" because I did imply that I was taking a neutral position. I cant stop the media from doing what they want neither do I want to stop someone from standing up for their rights. That's called freedom of speech and assembly.
I am sorry if that is how I came across because that is so not what I said or meant :)

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Posted on: 31 January 2013 at 12:01pm
@mak3mesmile You are right. Not "Everyone" think Islam when hearing terrorist, however films and the media like this isn't making it any better. I will change my previous statement to Majority.

I agree too that of course when races, religions come together their will be some conflict/differences, however it doesn't mean that a religion should sit and do nothing while the most media stories and films paint them in an offensive manner. You'r saying that's how it is and that's how it should be, however why should it? If some one/ a group of people stand up to object something that's offending them like this, is that bad?

p.s No as I have said above I'm not being stereotypical becuase what I meant was MOST people do. Sorry to make you feel included.

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 9:02pm
Muslims r human being and mostly good being but Islam is an ideology which shd b open for discussion.All religions has gone through this phase and still going,so Islam also shd b.

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 8:49pm
@Zara--I honestly dont agree with you because I'm not part of that "everyone" that you've put forth but I do understand why you would say what you did. Even if there aren't religion problems in US, there are problems with race. I dont know who said it in the comments below...but i completely agree that wherever there is a difference in opinion, race, religion, there will be conflict. It may be directed or shown more towards one group at a certain period but it exists everywhere. An example would be that "Nazis"are always shown in really bad light which i know by personal experience effects Germans a lot since they do not represent that idea anymore but they have to live with that. So do the future generations of those "Nazis" who are discriminated against all the time. I'm not justifying any of the behavior or promoting any side, I'm just saying that this is how it is and this is how it will always be. If its not Islam/Muslims it will be someone/something else.
No comment on the controversy about the movie though.

P.s. by saying "everyone" has a problem with Islam/Muslims you are being just as stereotypical as the next person. Just sayin'

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 7:47pm
Well i'll just answer some of you out here- However hard you try to keep it under wraps it cant be denied that EVERY terrorist is a muslim. Why is that they pull up a drama in india always? The muslim community whereever IN MAJORITY in the world are NOT secular. Go check the extremism there. Go and check the treatment meted out to people from other religions. Can you EVER preach hinduism in Onam or some of the gulf countries? No u cant. They why are they given so much importance in india? Its coz the indian polity cashes in on communalism to get their tickets...something i hate about my country. Im not against Islam, but im def against the people who use it to pull up a drama and hoax it to destabilise things.

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 5:12pm
More you hate muslims and say nasty things more you can sell the movie in india. Never expected that from haasan as he uses a muslim surname and got into many problems for his surname. I guess now he is trying to say to india my father named me after his good muslim friend but i hate muslims. By the way i m not muslim nor hindu...

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 3:48pm
thats sad! hope everything turns out okay for the legend!

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 10:06am
@Agathe you got me wrong wrong I actually suporrt him in this. I am saying why are muslim ppl making a big deal?? Dont other religons
get critized its not just islam. And that should they learn.
But I do agree with at some point to the comment below.
Why arnt ppl looking in other religons and places there also things ghere why are always muslims such a big thing?? Dont we deserve some respect too. Bcs some ppl are like that doesnt mean all are like that

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 8:53am
Sorry @Baki. 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?

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Posted on: 30 January 2013 at 8:32am
@KreyaArshiLover, you need to know that KH is not against Islam, he's just sharing his point of view over the US-Afghanistan relationship.
Beside he did critize Hinduism in some his movies. Really I feel this ban is not justified !!

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