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Vishwaroopam screening stopped in Hyderabad, Bangalore

Many theatres in Bangalore and Hyderabad cancelled morning and noon shows of Kamal Haasan movie ‘Vishwarooopam’ on Friday after authorities requested them to help avoid law and order problems on a day when Muslims celebrate the Milad-un-Nabi festival.

Representatives of Rajkamal Films said that talks were on with police and theatre owners to arrive at a time to screen the movie in both the cities.

“It will release either in the late afternoon or evening slot,” said an official. Around 90 screens in Kerala screened the movie in the morning though some shows were disrupted in places like Palakkad.

The cancelled shows will add to the problems of the film, which has not been released in Tamil Nadu due to a state government decision.

Collectors of all districts in the state had asked theatres to not screen the movie after various Muslim organisations, including the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam and the Tamil Nadu Tauheed Jamaat, objected to the portrayal of Muslims in the film.

After the producer filed a writ petition, the Madras high court put off the release till January 28. It will also review the content to check whether it contains offensive references.


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