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High Court dismisses VHP's plea to ban 'Uttama Villain' release

Justice T. Raja dismissed the petition against Kamal Haasan's Uttama Villain, pointing out that there was no merit in the plea.

 'Uttama Villain' release
Justice T. Raja dismissed the petition against Kamal Haasan's Uttama Villain, pointing out that there was no merit in the plea.

Holding that the court found no error as contended by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a petition moved by the outfit to delete the song an alleged derogatory reference to lord Vishnu in the yet-to-be released Kamal Haasan starrer “Uttama Villain”.

State organising secretary of the VHP S Raja moved the court claiming that a song in the movie starring Kamal Hassan “Udirathin kathai” (story of blood) had a word of derogatory reference to one of the 10 incarnations of lord Vishnu.

According to the petitioner, the lyrics of the song had belittled a conversation between Prahlad (a devotee of Lord Vishnu) and his father Hiranyakashiu (a demon).

Raja also sought an interim injection to restrain the producers from releasing the film. He stated that a 'sluggish attempt' has been made to criticise lord Vishnu. Such a reference not only belittled lord Vishnu, but also insulted the faith and belief of the Hindus, he added. It also said that if the film was released in cinemas on Friday, the whole Hindu community will be put to shame.

The petitioner stated that no action was taken on the representations given against the film to the Central Board of Film Censors, the Tamil Nadu Home Secretary and the Chennai Police Commissioner. Justice T Raja, before whom the petition came up for hearing, observed that the court did not find any merit in the petition, and dismissed it accordingly.

Directed by Ramesh Aravind, the film that features Kamal Haasan in the lead is the story of an eighth century theatre artist and a modern-day superstar.

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