Support and wishes are pouring for Kamal Hassan over the ban on his prestigious project Vishwaroopam from every corner of the nation. Be it media, social media and public, people are criticising the Tamil Nadu government for halting the release and troubling the actor.
Bollywood superstars like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, directors like Mahesh Bhatt, Madhur Bhandarkar and many have already raised their voices against the ban. Now, the Kannada film industry has come forward to support Kamal Hassan, who shares a good relationship with Sandalwood stars just like Rajanikanth.
Multilingual film Vishwaroopam was originally slated to for release on January 25. But on the eve of its release, the state government imposed a sudden ban for 15 days and stopped the release in Tamil Nadu. Following this, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments decide to do the same but lifted after a few days.
National Award winning filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli has defended the Censor Board for clearing the film and said, "If the film has been cleared by the film certification board, there is no reason why it should not be screened."
Journalist and filmmaker Agni Sreedhar took to social media to share his opinion. He wrote, "Dear friends, the very fact that not even a single Muslim raised any objection to 'vshvaroopam' after its release in Karnataka proves that the film is not anti-Islam."
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Upendra, who has acted in Tamil film Sathyam, said Vishwaroopam is not an anti-Muslim film. He tweeted, "Kamal Hassan's Vishwaroopam is not anti-muslim but anti-terrorism, watch in theatres & support the God of Acting, don't view pirated copy."
Kiccha Sudeep, who became popular in Tamil films with his last year blockbuster Naan Ee, the Tamil version of Telugu film Eega, tweeted, "Kamal sir is every Indians pride n I'm sure every Indian is wth him. Its really sad tat our country has gone beyond repair,,whr every Indian shld scream,cry n die to voice his opinion. By bannin Vishwaroopam wth a reason as silly as it could b,,they'v questioned th integrity n humiliated a legend,whos th pride of our nation. If banning is wats to b done,,thr r plenty more tat needs to be done,startin wth evry foreign flm tats releasd in india against our culture."
Ramya, who has acted in few Tamil films including Varanam Aayiram, tweeted, "I will definitely watch the film just to show my support for kamal sir."
Ramesh Aravind has acted with Kamal Hassan in a couple of films, including hit Kannada film Rama Shama Bhama. He said, "Kamal is a thespian who is an inspiration to a generation of actors including me. He has done pathbreaking films and to see him undergo this, really hurts."
Prakash Rai aka Prakash Raj has been actively supporting Kamal Hassan on social networking sites. He tweeted, "Lets stand up for our rights. Lets prove we have integrity. Lets stand by this man Kamala hassan. May this not happen again to any one. People who saw the Film in Malaysia say there is nothing against Muslims to worry. It's a wonderful film by Kamal sir is someone listening."