28 November, 2020

The Littered Floor Of The Cutting Room

Not quite death by a thousand cuts, but it is a distorted picture that Tamil Nadu sees

The Littered Floor Of The Cutting Room

Now that the Tamil version of Vishwaroopam—vetted and pre-censored by alarmist Muslim groups in Tamil Nadu—has been released, what are the apparently inflammatory and incendiary content Tamil viewers will be spared? These are scenes that have already been seen by everyone elsewhere in the country and haven’t, so far, prov­oked rioting or communal outrage. But in Tamil Nadu, the film prompted: violent protests even before its release, state’s subsequent abdication to maint­ain law and order and a dramatic threat of self-imposed exile by Kamalahaasan. This wasn’t the first time the actor has courted the ire of Muslim gro­­ups, some of whom had expressed concern with how earlier movies Hey Ram and Unn­a­ipol Oruvan had depicted Muslims.

Outlook spoke to two Muslim leaders, M.H. Jawahirullah, MLA, of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) and A.K. Mohhammad Hanifa, coordinator of the Federation of Isla­mic Organisations and Political Parties in Tamil Nadu, who were among...



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