Vishwaroopam : Malaysia lifts ban on Kamal Hassan’s movie

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 19 (TruthDive): Vishwaroopam, the controversy movie of Kamal Hassan, will be released in Malaysia, after the Home Ministry has lifted the ban on the movie on Tuesday.

Earlier, Vishwaroopam, directed and acted by Kamal Hassan, was screened in Malaysia nationwide on Jan 24. The Malaysian Film Censorship Board had initially approved the movie for public screening in the country.

However, the next day, the movie’s screening was halted, following instructions from the home ministry, that its contents were allegedly sensitive to Islam.

The film, which opened in Malaysia on Thursday, Jan 24, has played to full cinemas. The next day, on early Friday the ministry told to stop screening the movie, said the film distribution company Lotus Fivestar AV’s director Datuk R. Ramalingam.

The company said the audience that they would refund the money to those who purchased tickets through advance bookings, or allow them to use it for other films.

The state government’s decision comes after Muslim organisations stated fear that the film could disrupt the communal harmony.

President of Penang Muslim League, Datuk Najmudeen Kadeer had insisted the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) to review the film as “it showed Islam in a negative light”.

Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, “We need time to review the problem and find a proper solution to the matter.”

Hishammuddin said issues linking to religion and race could spark disunity and they had to be resolved rationally. Those who tried to buy tickets were disappointed with the ministry’s decision to withdraw the movie.

Now, on Tuesday, the ban on the controversial movie, Vishwaroopam is released.

The mega-budget movie was banned in Tamil Nadu for two weeks for allegedly being offensive to Muslims. The ban was later lifted and the movie was released all over TamilNadu on February 7th. Vishwaroopam, Kamal Hassan’s dream project, garnered an amazing response, in spite of its late release.

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