Kamal Hassan, one of the biggest film stars in southern India, has said he will go ahead with the release of a Hindi language version of a controversial spy thriller Vishwaroopam, as he fights a court battle for the release of the Tamil language version in his home state of Tamil Nadu.
Several Muslim groups have protested at the film’s release in Tamil Nadu, objecting to its portrayal of Islam. The film depicts an international terrorist plot to attack New York with a “Caesium bomb”.
The state high court has said it will rule next week on a ban imposed by the state government, which says the film could trigger violence in the state. Hassan has offered to edit out scenes considered offensive and some references to the Koran.
Hassan was the producer, director and star of the film, which was released abroad and in some Indian states last Friday.