It is said that ‘Ulaganayagan’ Kamal Haasan’s name was deleted from the list of ‘Padma’ awardees finalized and revealed by the Union Governmentlast week. The deletion was apparently a ‘last minute exercise’ initiated at the behest of those in the know who didn’t want to include a ‘controversial’ person’s name among the awardees who would get their awards from the Hon’ble President of India.
Vishwaroopam, Kamal’s upcoming film, has gotten into controversy with many Muslim organizations demanding a complete ban on the release of the film. The Tamil Nadu government banned the film’s release temporarily resulting in the film not hitting the screens last Friday as per schedule. Sources say that it was felt in Delhi that awarding Padma Bhushan to Kamal Haasan at this juncture might send wrong signals.
As such, Kamal Haasan’s name was reportedly ‘deleted’ from the list of recipients of Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian awards given by the Union Government. n the meantime, the Muslim organizations have said that Vishwaroopam shouldn’t be released at any cost and added that they would even go to Supreme Court in achieving their objective.
In case the ban (on the film’s release) is lifted by a team of judges from the Chennai High Court the organizations said that they would appeal against the lifting of the ban. In a joint statement issued by 24 organizations, they have further reiterated their opposition to the film’s release in any part of the country.