Actor-director Kamal Haasan said he will take legal recourse on Tamil Nadu government's ban on screening of his Tamil film Vishwaroopam following protests by Muslim outfits, saying "such cultural terrorism" should stop.
"I have been ruthlessly used as a vehicle by small groups, who seek political profile. Icon bashing is a great way to be noticed when you are not one yourself. It is happening again and again. Any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose," he said, in an official statement.
The actor, who had held a special show for Muslim representatives recently, said while he was touched by voices in support of his film he was "appalled" at how the movie was "construed to be against my Muslim brothers."
"I am not only hurt by these accusations of denigrating a community
He said his statements in favour of that community have "marked me as a sympathiser."
"I have always gone beyond the call of my duty as an actor to voice my opinion in favour of what was humane and civil. I have been part of an organisation called Harmony India which worked for Hindu-Muslim amity," he said while thanking those who supported him on the matter, especially on the internet.
Tamil Nadu government had asked district administrations across the state to invoke relevant legal provisions to ban the screening of the movie for about two weeks to maintain law and order.
The ban came after several Muslim outfits protested against screening of the film, due for release on January 25, claiming that it depicted the community in negative light.
The actor had already courted controversy with screen-owners uniting against the tech-savvy actor's decision to release the high-budget movie on DTH platform ahead of its release in theatres.