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Vishwaroopam row: Kamal Hassan threatens to quit India Last Updated : 30 Jan 2013 01:15:15 PM IST File photo
Upset over the hurdles caused by the ban on the release of mega budget 'Vishwaroopam', an emotional Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said Tamil Nadu does not want him to stay in the state and he might seek a "secular" place in the country or overseas.
"When M F Hussain can do it, Kamal Haasan will do it... I am fed up. I am an artiste. After that, I will have to seek a secular state for my stay... Secular state from Kashmir to Kerala, excluding Tamil Nadu... Tamil Nadu wants me out," he said in a choked voice as the fate of the movie is still to be decided in the court.
The actor said he had pledged all his property to make the trilingual movie, estimated to have cost around Rs 100 crore. He said he might lose his house because of the losses incurred by the delay in the release of the movie.
Haasan said he was still to get interim relief as the film shows were "started and stopped" by police today, who sought a physical copy of the single judge's order passed last night, giving clearance of the film.
"...But I believe that along with my Muslim friends, I have been instrument in a political game. I don't know who is playing and not even hazarding the guess. The fact remains that my history has proven that I have been neither leaning to the left or right but trying to maintain my position," Haasan said.
He said he would wait for the judgement of the Madras High Court where the Tamil Nadu government today moved swiftly to file an appeal against the interim relief given by the single judge.
"Now I shall wait for the afternoon judgement but after this... I think I will have to see a secular state for me to stay in. I have nothing to lose. I might as well choose a place which would house an artiste like me.
"I will learn in another couple of days whether I will be able to find a secular state in India or not. I will find, hopefully, another country which is secular that might take me in," Haasan said.
Earlier, Madras High Court on Tuesday gave clearance for screening of Kamal Haasan's controversial Tamil movie Vishwaroopam.
But it seems that the actor got miffed with the decision of Tamil Nadu government to file an appeal against the interim order of a single judge of Madras High Court giving clearance for screening of movie Vishwaroopam.
The government sought immediate hearing of the appeal on the issue, which is likely to be heard this afternoon.
The decks were cleared late last night by Justice K Venkataraman, who granted the interim stay of operation of the order made under Section 144 of the CrPC by District Collectors across the state that had prevented release of the movie made with a nearly Rs 100 crore budget.
Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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