"Mr Kamal Hassan is not my rival in any way. If I really wanted a ban on the film I could have banned it straight away...but we did not do that. That should prove it is not political vendetta."
"He is nearing 60, he is a responsible adult, what he has taken is a calculative gamble. If he has taken the risk to produce a mega budget movie and pledged his property, how can the government be held responsible for that?"
"We stopped the screening for tempers to cool so that the two parties could talk."
"Film's screening was banned in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka where Congress and BJP governments are in power. Or even in Puducherry or Singapore, where there is substantial Muslim population."
"After his return from the US, Hassan sought a meeting with me, but as he had by then already moved the Madras High Court, I could not have interfered in the sub judice case."
"The groups had organised protests in various places. There was every apprehension these protests could get violent. Intelligence inputs had been received about violence and the only way to release the film would be to provide police protection to all 500 theatres," she said.
"Had the filmmaker screened the movie for the Muslim leaders in the beginning itself, all this would not have happened," she said.
"If the leaders of the Muslim organisation and Kamal Haasan can work out an amicable agreement then the state government will do everything to facilitate that."