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Jayalalithaa defends Vishwaroopam ban in Tamil Nadu, says nothing personal against Kamal


jaya 1Chennai, Jan 31 – Justifying the ban on Kamal Haasan ‘s controversial movieVishwaroopam , Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said today,  the state government took the decision based on intelligence reports about likely violence because of its screening.

“The last few days saw a lot of hysteria. Various reckless charges were made by certain personalities. Many discussions took place without understanding the situation. I thought I should clarify,” Jayalalithaa said.

“I will file defamation case against Karunanidhi for his wild charges against the Tamil Nadu government,” she said.Defending the ban, Jayalalithaa cited shortage of police personnel in the state to provide adequate security at all the theaters in the wake of intelligence inputs.She said that the government was being criticised for banning the film as those wanting its release were questioning why security could not be provided to secure the theaters. She said though maintaining law and order was the duty for state, many people did not understand the “sheer logistics of law and order”.

Reacting to reports that the film was banned as the filmmaker refused to sell the movie rights to certain TV channel, Jayalalithaa made it clear that she had no personal grudge against Kamal neither she had any personal interest in banning the movie.


The chief minister said that though Kamal agreed to cut the objectionable parts of the film on Wednesday, he was not willing to do so until the film’s scheduled date of release.

Suggesting a solution to overcome the crisis, Jayalalithaa said that if leaders of Muslim organisations, which were protesting screening of the movie, and Kamal wanted to work out an “amicable agreement”, government would facilitate that.

-India Today