Even when the controversy around "Vishwaroopam" is fresh in the minds of the public, it has emerged that the sequel of the film, "Vishwaroopam 2" has also run into trouble with a Muslim organisation claiming that the film has shown its community in poor light.
The release of "Vishwaroopam" was delayed in Tamil Nadu by a few weeks after Muslim groups claimed that the film's content hurt their religious sentiments, and it was allowed for screening in the state only after Kamal agreed to remove the controversial scenes. However, the film received tremendous response worldwide and turned out to be a massive hit earning more than ₹200 crore at overseas markets.
Kamal has now shifted his focus to its sequel, "Vishwaroopam 2", which is set to hit the screens in November or December, but it is also said to be under the scanner for allegedly showing Muslims in poor light.
"We are disappointed to learn that "Vishwaroopam 2" has scenes that portray Muslims as terrorists and also has scenes that hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. Kamal Haasan portraying Muslims in bad light in his movies, and later trying to promote his product claiming that it is freedom of expression, is not a good thing to do as an artist," Jawahar Ali, the leader of the Tamil Nadu Muslim League was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
"People should stop making movies that hurt others. The directors of 'Dam 999' and 'Madras Café' should understand that their movie was banned in Tamilnadu due to the same reasons. Thereby, we request Kamal Haasan to make sure he does not include scenes that hurt our sentiments in his upcoming movie," he added.
Directed by Kamal, "Vishwaroopam 2" is expected to be racier than the first part. The sequel will also focus on the romantic and emotional aspects which were not showcased much in "Vishwaroopam." It was also reported that the sequel has have some breathtaking underwater stunts.
Most of the cast from the first part, including Pooja Kumar, Andrea, Shekar Kapur and Rahul Bose, have been retained for the sequel. Bollywood veteran Waheeda Rahman will appear in a pivotal role. The film has music composed by Ghibran of "Vaagai Soodi Vaa" fame.