The Tamilnadu government has banned the release of Kamal Haasan's controversial film Viswaroopam for the next 14 days anywhere in the State.
Citing ‘law and order’ reasons, the State government took a decision to empower Collectors to invoke Section 144 of Cr.PC and restrain theatre owners from screening the movie on 25 January.
Commissioner of Police S George issued an order directing theatre owners not to screen the film to ensure peace and public tranquillity. The prohibitory orders would be in force for a period of two weeks, highly placed police sources said.
The film is scheduled to hit the screens on Friday. Tickets in many theatres across the State were sold out. The decision to ban Vishwaroopam was taken after a high-level meeting at the Secretariat.
The move also followed allegations made by some Muslim organisations that the movie portrayed their religion in poor light.