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Vishwaroopam:No personal grudge against Kamal Haasan says Jayalalithaa Last Updated : 31 Jan 2013 02:13:14 PM IST Vishwaroopam:No personal vendetta against Kamal Hasan says Jayalalithaa
Giving reasons for banning Kamal Haasan's movie Vishwaroopam,Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa clarified on Thursday that she has no personal vendetta against the actor.
Jaya said that "The film was to be released in over 500 theatres but there are 24 Muslim groups had submitted a memorandum to the government and had demanded a ban on the film".
"Overruling their protest and demands, the groups had organised protests in various places. There was every apprehension these protests could get violent.. Intelligence inputs had been received about violence and the only way to release the film would be to provide police protection to all 500 theatres," she said.
The Chief Minister argued that there wasn't adequate police force to guard every theatre where the film would be screened.
Muslim groups had threatened to protest outside each theatre and no government can handle such widespread violence.
Hitting out at critics Jaya said "Will sue Karunannidhi and media if need be "
jaya said "I will be forced to take legal action gainst those who are making wild charges against me."
" If leaders of Muslim organisations and Kamal Haasan can work out an amicable agreement, government will facilitate
that, "Jaya said
If the film had been screened and the government had failed to curb the widespread violence or taken action against Muslim agitators then it would have been blamed for being insensitive, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said.
"Mr Kamal Haasan at the time was not prepared to make a single cut in the film. In order to preserve law and peace the state government had no other option but to issue orders under section 144...This was only for 15 days," Jayalalithaa said.
"If I really wanted a ban on the film I could have banned it straight away...but we did not do that. That should prove it is not political vendetta. Mr Kamal Haasan is not my enemy in any way," she said.
"We prohibited the release of the film under section 144 to allow tempers to cool down," she said.
"Mr Kamal Haasan is nearing 60 years old. What he has done is to take a calculated risk. If he has taken a decision to make a film with a mega budget that is his decision," she said.
She said that films didn't interest her anymore and she had no idea about Vishwaroopam.
"The Muslim leaders protesting against the film have not met me so far and I have not met them," she said.
She blamed Haasan for antagonizing the Muslim group's leaders by postponing the screening of the film.
"The screening of the film was done for the Muslim group leaders also at the behest of the government....After watching the film they told the Chief Secretary that they wanted the film banned," she said.
Jayalalithaa says state didn't have enough police
"There are regular duties of the police...Assuming we had permitted the release of the film in 524 theatres the available police force to provide protection is around 9000. Is this adequate? It is not," the Chief Minister said.
The manpower required for 524 theatres was around 31,000 police personnel, she said.
"In sensitive areas at least 10 pickets would have been needed," she said.
We would have needed 56,000 police personnel for the guarding of theatres, Jayalalithaa said.
"I would like you to understand what is the meaning of maintaining law and order. It doesn't mean allowing a situation to turn violent and then stepping in to restore peace," she said.
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