Haridwar, January 31
With the controversy and legal battle involved in releasing of the multi-crore budgeted Hindi-Tamil bilingual "Vishwaroopam", a film produced by Kamal Haasan, people have come out in his support of Hassan here.

Movie buffs, theatre artistes and activists of the Uttarakhand Vikas Manch today called on political leaders to refrain from using movies as a tool to create hatred among religions in view of taking political mileage.
Chopra also demanded strict implementation and revision of the Cinematograph Act-1952 as off late similar controversies have been arising, creating barrier for the movie release.
Activists also condemned the Samajwadi Party announcement of not allowing “Vishwaroopam” to get released in Uttar Pradesh until there was a final decision on it in the courts and the controversy surrounding it settled down.
Lashing out at Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for trying to settle scores with his bête noire K Karunanidhi, the protesters demanded instant lifting of ban on the film and giving final say to the Censor Board only.
Bhoopendra Rajput, city coordinator of the manch, said Kamal Haasan is a legendary figure in Indian cinema, having the largest number of national awards in his kitty. But now when his ambitious film "Vishwaroopam" is set to release J Jayalalithaa has banned it from screening in the state only to settle political score with Karunanidhi.
“It’s a shame for us that an actor of the international fame and caliber (Hassan) is being troubled, forcing him to think on lines of leaving India like late artist MF Husain. Is this what we are giving to our artists and cultural ambassadors,” questioned Dhruv Pathak - a film buff.
Social activist Sanjay Chopra lamented that Jayalalithaa, being a film star of a yesteryears and follower of legendary MG Ramchandran, founder of the ADMK, seems to be oblivious of freedom of expression and right of audience to watch the movie.
At Tulsi Chowk, the activists burned the photos of Jayalalithaa in which a large number of tourists from South and Kamal Hassan fans also joined.

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