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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 823

Malaysia follows Sri Lanka to ban Kamal Haasan’s controversial film Vishwaroopam

Colombo, 27 January, (Asiantribune.com):

Producer, Director and Actor Kamal Haasan’s controversial film Vishwaroopam has been removed from local cinemas in Malaysia on 25th January, a day after its release, following a directive from the Home Ministry.

Earlier , Asian Tribune learnt that Sri Lanka Government suspended the screening of the Tamil language film ‘Vishwaroopam’, based on a unanimous request made by the Muslim Ministers in the Sri Lanka Government headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Asian Tribune further learnt that a delegation of Muslimm ministers led by Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzy met Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Thursday 24 January, immediately after the weekly Cabinet meeting and urged the banning of the Tamil Language film ‘Vishwaroopam', as it portrayed all the Muslims as terrorists.

Similarly ‘Vishwaroopam’ film which opened in Malaysia on Thursday had played to full cinemas before being removed from the theaters.

R. Ramalingam, Director of Film distribution company Lotus Fivestar AV’s said that the Home Ministry told him to stop screening the movie on Friday.

Muslim majority multi-ethnic Malaysia has eight per cent ethnic Indian population who are mostly Tamils. Tamil movies are extremely popular in this country.

Already Vishwaroopam has been banned Tamil Nadu for two weeks amid allegations by the Muslim community that they have been depicted negatively in the movie.

Kamal Haasan has taken the matter to the Madras High Court and a decision is pending.

- Asian Tribune

Malaysia follows Sri Lanka to ban Kamal Haasan’s controversial film Vishwaroopam
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