Mumbai: Legendary actor Rajinikanth has come out in full support of his dear friend and contemporary Kamal Haasan whose latest, ‘Vishwaroopam’, has landed in troubled waters.
The veteran has appealed to the Muslim community asking them to work out a way so as to enable the uninterrupted release of the film. He also requested his Muslim fans to stop protesting against the film and thereby lift the ban imposed on Haasan’s ambitious and multi-crore project ‘Vishwaroopam’ that was earlier slated to release on the 25th of January.
“The fact that Kamal Haasan held a special screening of the movie to Muslim brothers meeting their demand despite being cleared by the Censor Board shows his respect for the community,” Rajnikanth said in a statement here.
He said he his heart went out for his peer for the hardships faced by Haasan in investing around Rs 100 crore towards production of the movie.
“Kamal is not an ordinary artiste. He is a great artiste who had taken Tamil cinema to the global level. I request my Muslim brothers to factor in this and change their stand of demanding for a complete ban.”
“I request them to help him in releasing the film by having talks with him upon his return (from the US) and by making corrections to the film without affecting its storyline,” he said while extending his Meelad-un-Nabi greetings.
Tamil Nadu government has banned screening of the film for two weeks following protests from Muslim groups who alleged that the community was depicted in a bad light in the movie, prompting Haasan to move the court.
The Madras High Court had yesterday stayed the release of the film till January 28, with the Judge scheduled to watch the film on Saturday.
(With PTI inputs)