'Vishwaroopam' controversy: Kamal Haasan thanks CM, rules out SC move for now

Kamal Haasan

In the press conference, Haasan said he would wait for the Madras High Court order on February 4. "We have to respect the law," he said.

The objections and the controversy surrounding the film "is politics" and there is nothing religious about it, he added.

However, Haasan did not go into details whether he would engage with Muslim outfits as suggested by the Chief Minister.

Elaborating on his earlier remark, Haasan said he was "seriously" thinking of leaving the country if this kind of row erupted again.

"In anger...in emotional outburst I would have said that I will leave the country. It does not mean I will do it... I enjoy the glory and fame. But if this happens again, I will seriously think of leaving. I am serious," Haasan told reporters.

He had made an impassioned plea seeking the release of the film in his home state Tamil Nadu, saying that he would go abroad in search of a 'secular state' where he would be allowed to continue pursuing his art.

When asked whether the controversy on the film will help it at the box office, Haasan said, "It is very silly to say I got good publicity; India did not get good publicity. What is the use of me getting good publicity when India's name is being dragged in the muck.

"I don't want any more squabbling. This is gruelling, troublesome and insulting. Not only for me, but to several others associated with this movie. This kind of squabbling is not going to take us anywhere," Haasan said.

Haasan said that the delay in the release may have cost him anything between 30 to 60 crores.

The film was earlier slated to hit the screens on January 25.

Haasan sought to know why he was being accused of hatred. "I mean no harm. The film is not about hurting Muslims. The good Muslims in the films are Indians and bad Muslims are terrorists who are not from India. How can I paint terrorist...terrorism white."

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