Jan 30, 2013, 09.11 PM | Source: PTI



In a show of solidarity, leading film personalities, In a show of solidarity, leading film personalities, including Sivakumar, Prabhu, actress Kushboo and lyricist Vairamuthu called on the actor at his residence, where a large number of Haasan's fans gathered. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Censor Board chief Leela Samson and many others came out in Haasan's support. "What he(Haasan) is going through amounts to hounding," Samson said. Filmmaker Shyam Bengal endorsed her views. Samson also said she will take up the matter of how state governments can ban a film after the movie gets a certificate from the Censor Board. SRK, who faced problems during the release of his films like 'Billu Barber' and 'My Name Is Khan said, "We have all gone through this, we have all faced this. To say the least, it is the most unfortunate thing to happen to a film." "Kamal Haasan is a national treasure, an immaculate artiste. He has been subjected to humiliation. It is one of the darkest moment for the entire film fraternity," filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said. Actor Siddharth took to Twitter in support of Haasan. "Heartbreaking to see the greatest Tamil actor of all time talking about leaving Tamil Nadu, about bankruptcy and about unfair persecution. Vishwaroopam screenings cancelled before starting & even stopped mid show all over TN. What a sad day. What a horrible week. #TalibanTN," he tweeted. The Centre also backed Haasan, saying everyone in the country enjoys the freedom of expression and that artistes have full liberty to continue their choice of work. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said there is freedom of expression in India. "We are a free society. There is freedom of expression. There is liberty for artists. We have a Constitution," he told reporters in New Delhi. The film, which was initially in trouble due to Haasan's tussle with theatre owners over its DTH release, was slated to release on January 25 but was banned for two-weeks by state government, forcing Haasan to move to High Court. PTI NKP BB ACB BK


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