Decision on Vishwaroopam soon, Minister Keheliya

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A decision on lifting the ban on Kamal Haasan film Vishwaroopam will be taken in “2-3 days,” Sri Lanka Cabinet spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said.

Asked how Sri Lanka was planning to come to a decision given the fact that the censoring authority here too had allowed its release, Mr. Rambukwella said he was looking at India. Once India decided on the movie, Sri Lanka would take an appropriate decision.

Asked if this meant that the Sri Lankan government was following the lead of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, he said this was not the case. “Our leader is His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa. And we take orders from the government that is in power. We will not take lead from Jayalalithaa or anybody else,” he said.

On the delay in taking a decision, he said watching the movie was not a “life and death issue” for people. “There is no particular reason to fasttrack the issue.”

Mr. Rambukwella said he had watched the movie. His personal opinion was that he wanted people to watch the film and decide for themselves. Actions of politicians were judged by people. Filmmakers too were judged by people. “I am a free-minded person. My personal opinion is to release the film and get comments from people.”

A Muslim group in Sri Lanka, the Muslim Media Forum, which viewed the movie earlier this week, claimed that the movie was “totally against Muslims,” and was made to “please the United States.” A few Muslim politicians, who support the ruling combine, have also thrown their weight behind the demand to ban the film on the island. (Source: The Hindu)
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  • M. Silva Friday, 01 February 2013 07:55 AM

    If you are correct then it is a reality show.

    F Friday, 01 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Act of yor own accord. Do not follow India. via DM Android App

    shriram Friday, 01 February 2013 04:02 AM

    Common its just a movie..........let it run!!!

    Sriya W Friday, 01 February 2013 08:01 AM

    Many are multi-religious. Specially the politicians who depend on them.

    Dimuth Friday, 01 February 2013 08:05 AM

    Did you get the usual sexual bribe, Hon Minister?

    Akon Friday, 01 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Akon was not allowed in SL, coz he disrespected Buddism..
    If the minister want ppl to watch nd comment.. then y didnt the minister government akon's event

    Kamal may b a good man but everybody make mistakes..
    this time he has done a mistake knowingly or unknowingly..

    via DM Android App

    SudhuPancha Friday, 01 February 2013 08:38 AM

    hahahha.
    Have u heard of torrents??????????????????????

    Rifkan Friday, 01 February 2013 12:00 AM

    films must be well planned via DM Android App

    Fahim Friday, 01 February 2013 09:07 AM

    @shriram even it's hurt to any religion.. these kind of films making racism..

    Dr. Vedage Saturday, 02 February 2013 07:43 AM

    Freedom of expression is fine... But if causes controversy and disturbs others.. then it's not right. Let it be any.. However, politicians always try to capitalize on such issues at the expense of others..

    A Muslim Friday, 01 February 2013 09:13 AM

    As a Sri Lankan my humble request to the Hon. Minister please do not release this controversial movie... It's makes racism in our peaceful country...

    raviraj Friday, 01 February 2013 06:05 AM

    how come these groups had no issue with watching Vijay's movie Thupaki which also shows muslim terrorist??

    Jamal Sunday, 03 February 2013 03:02 AM

    Kamal should thank everyone including Muslim groups for creating an awareness to watch his film. Now rheatres will enjoy Box full crowd ro bring him 200 crore income

    tjey Friday, 01 February 2013 06:17 AM

    when Rizana was persecuted why no muslims or their organizations raised their voice against it please explain me my head s burning

    Yohan Perera Friday, 01 February 2013 06:27 AM

    What a 'kolvaeri'....

    Ainharan Friday, 01 February 2013 06:26 AM

    Movie for audience not some religious groups..... release the movie soon, We are waiting.....

    naim Friday, 01 February 2013 06:29 AM

    What i heard is that in this movie they show terrorist performing salah (prayer) and recitation of qur'an before they carry out an attack. If it so, then this film carry a very wrong massage to the people. Killing innocence people and suicide is not allowed in Islam and if some one does this then he is not a true muslim.

    Lee Friday, 01 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Banned all language films where Muslims are shown as Terrorist.... via DM Android App

    msm Saturday, 02 February 2013 12:00 AM

    no racism please if film against Buddhism or other religious than what the majority will say??????? via DM Android App

    J P Rajan Friday, 01 February 2013 07:13 AM

    Just release the movie!!!

    malkanthi Friday, 01 February 2013 07:20 AM

    One feels it when their own faith is challenged, but who cares when it's not theirs.


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