Viswaroopam case adjourned to tomorrow; Judge wants Haasan to work out an amicable solution

NEW DELHI: Actor and filmmaker Kamal Haasan failed to get any relief from the Madras High Court over the ban on the release of his film ‘Viswaroopam‘ in Tamil Nadu, as Justice K Venkataraman on Monday advised Haasan to work out an amicable solution with the state government.

The High Court‘s advice followed a special screening of the film for the judge on Saturday, 26 January.

While adjourning the case to Tuesday, Justice Venkataraman said the court had to take into account the state government‘s law and order concerns, communal amity in the state and also the actor‘s investment in the movie. "Why don‘t you negotiate the matter and settle the issue amicably?" asked the judge.

Responding to the advice, Haasan‘s senior counsel P S Raman said, "The hero and director of the movie had returned to Chennai only this morning, and I will discuss the matter with him."

Raman said they had filed petitions separately challenging the district collector‘s individual prohibitory orders restraining theatres in the respective districts from screening the film.

Justice Venkataraman said the main matter, along with the new petitions, could be heard together on Tuesday.

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