Friday January 25, 2013
Review ‘Vishvaroopam’, Finas urged
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Muslim League wants the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) to review a newly released Tamil movie titled Vishvaroopam.
Its president Datuk Najmudeen Kadeer said the movie, written, co-produced and directed by renowned Tamil movie personality Kamal Hassan, portrayed Islam in a negative light.
“The movie has been suspended (pending review) in Tamil Nadu and Singapore.
“On behalf of the Muslim League, we are asking Finas to review the film for either censorship or suspension,” he said.
He said that as a multiracial country, Malaysia should not screen movies that portray sensitive issues.
“Some movies tend to show raw or crude emotion. We want to ensure scenes that depict any religion in a bad light are not screened,” he said.
He also called on Finas to have an Indian Muslim representative on its panel.
Meanwhile, the movie's local distributor Lotus Five Star Sdn Bhd said Visvaroopam would be screened in Malaysia as scheduled despite its suspension in Tamil Nadu.
A company spokesman, who declined to be named, said the film had passed the local censorship board's inspection.
Tamil movie fans said they were happy to be able to watch Vishvaroopam in cinemas.
“I thought the long weekend would be a good time to see the show. I've always been a fan of Pooja Kumar,” said student K. Viknes, 22.
According to the Times of India, the Madras High Court had banned the release of the film for two weeks in Tamil Nadu citing “law and order” reasons.
Vishvaroopam, a spy thriller, features Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Jaideep Ahlawat and Kamal Hassan.
The film is scheduled for release today.