Vishwaroopam: HC says try to settle row amicably

Deferring its verdict on Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam by a day, the Madras High Court on Monday asked the production house to explore the possibilities of settling the issue amicably.

Justice K Venkataraman, for whom a special screening was held on Saturday, made the suggestion orally while hearing the different writ petitions filed by Rajkamal Films International challenging the suspension of the film's screening, and Muslim organisations who sought a ban on it for its alleged anti-Muslim content. Asking both parties to negotiate and settle the matter amicably, he said any action by both parties "should not be at the cost of the nation's unity".

Responding to the advice, senior counsel P S Raman, appearing for the production house, informed the court that Haasan had returned to the state only on Monday morning, and he would be consulted before a decision was taken. Raman, the former advocate general of Tamil Nadu, added that a petition would be filed challenging the individual orders of district collectors barring the screening of the film.

The judge said he would hear all the petitions on Tuesday, and adjourned the case.

Meanwhile, a new film, Aadhi Bhagavan has reportedly run into similar trouble, with an advocate objecting to the title and demanding a special screening prior to its release. The film has been directed by Ameer Sultan, a noted young director of Tamil cinema whose last project, Paruthiveeran, was critically acclaimed and a box office hit.

Aadhi Bhagavan's producer J Anbazhagan, a former MLA and a close aide of DMK leader M K Stalin, tweeted that the title was taken from the first kural of the ancient Tamil treatise, Thirukkural. "We are here to entertain the people and not to hurt anyone," he tweeted.

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