This kind of cultural terrorism should stop: #KamalHaasan #Vishwapooram #censorship


SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Chennai, The Hindu Jan 24,2013

Actor-director Kamal Haasan. File photo
PTIActor-director Kamal Haasan. File photo

Filmmaker Kamal Haasan has said he is appalled at how his film Vishwaroopam has been construed to be against Muslims.

In a strongly worded letter on Thursday morning, copies of which were sent to media organisations, the acclaimed actor said: “While I am touched by the voices in support for me and my film, I am appalled at how my film is construed to be against my Muslim brothers.”

“My statements in favour of that community have marked me as a sympathizer. I have always gone beyond the call of my duty as an actor to voice my opinion in favour of what was humane and civil. I have been part of an organization called Harmony India which worked for Hindu Muslim amity.”

The actor said not only was he hurt by the accusations “of denigrating a community but my sensibilities are truly insulted.”

“I have been ruthlessly used as a vehicle by small groups who seek political profile. Icon bashing is a great way to be noticed when you are not one yourself. It is happening again and again. Any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose.”

“Now I will rely on law and logic to come to our support. This kind of cultural terrorism will have to stop.”

 

Manipur actor assault: Journalist killed in police firing during violent protests


Manipur, Posted on Dec 23, 2012 a

 

Imphal: A video journalist was shot dead when the police opened fire during violent protests against the alleged molestation of an actress in Imphal. The police opened fire when protesters tried to torch a police bus. The journalist took two bullets, including one in the chest.

The actress had alleged she was assaulted by an NSCN-IM worker while hosting a cultural event. She had said the security personnel present at the spot just stood by and watched. Violent protests erupted in the city with police bursting tear gas shell to disperse angry crowds while film and theatre artistes called for a bandh protesting against the alleged assault.

Protesters in the strike, which was called by the Manipur Film Forum, also pelted stones and vehicles and damaged a police van in Imphal. There were scenes of tyre burning and road blocking across the state’s capital. Life in Manipur has been crippled with shops, markets, business and entertainment houses closed and transport services cancelled.

 

Kannada actor Arjun arrested for harassing wife #VAW


 

 

BANGALORE: Kannada film actor Arjun was today arrested for allegedly harassing his wife both physically and mentally for the past several months, police said.

34 year-old Arjun, married to Latashri for the past 11 years and has two daughters, was arrested on a complaint from his wife, they said.

Arjun had been allegedly harassing his wife both physically and mentally for the past several months under the influence of alcohol and unable to bear his torture, she had been staying with her parents for the past three months.

Last night, Arjun came to his father-in-law’s house allegedly in a drunken state and had a quarrel with the security guard, verbally abusing him and also Latashri.

The actor was produced before a local court and has been remanded to judicial custody.

 

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