350 pirated CDs of 'Vishwaroopam' seized


In a joint operation carried out by Kerala and Tamil Nadu police, 350 pirated CDs of Kamal Haasan's controversial movie 'Vishwaroopam' were seized from Beemapally area in the city today.

One Assistant Sub-Inspector of the anti-piracy cell of Kerala police was injured as shopkeepers resisted the operation and tore up copies of the search warrant, police said.

Police, however, seized a large number of pirated CDs of the movie and also other films, sources said.

The release of the spy thriller, originally slated for January 25 was delayed due to protests by some Muslim outfits who found certain scenes 'offensive' to the community, prompting the Tamil Nadu government to ban it for two weeks.

It was cleared after the makers agreed to cut seven scenes after a meeting between Haasan and the outfits, brokered by the state government. Haasan had also taken the battle to court.

Prior to the protests, the film had faced problems with the actor insisting on release on the DTH platform before showing it in theatres. Theatre owners' opposition had forced him to delay the release.

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