More to it than meets the eye

Print edition : February 22, 2013

Kamal Haasan at the media conference that he addressed at his residence in Chennai on January 30. Photo: K. Pichumani

Kamal Haasan's fans outside a theatre in Thiruvananthapuram where the film was being screened. Photo: S.MAHINSHA

Members belonging to various Muslim organisations at a protest in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, against the release of the film in Puducherry. Photo: G. KARTHIKEYAN

Muslim groups that allege a slur on Islam in Kamal Haasan’s ‘Viswaroopam’ risk being seen as apologists for Al Qaeda. More interesting is the film’s portrayal of an Indian intelligence agent safeguarding American interests on Afghan and U.S. soil. But neither is the reason why the film’s release ran into trouble in Tamil Nadu.
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