Tharoor supports Vishwaroopam

Tharoor said he would prefer the government to be on the side of creative freedom, though in most cases over the last 10-15 years it has played safe politically, "going on the side of those who claim to be offended".

"There is a real problem there. On the one hand, if you are worried that a particular thing legally published or filmed or screened is going to incite a particular group to violence, then isn't that group itself in the wrong to threaten violence... which is against the law?"

"Shouldn't the government be defending those people and act against those who incite violence?" he asked.

However, Tharoor then turned to practical questions referring to the statement from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha pointing out that it was impossible for the police force to protect every theatre in the state that screened 'Viswaroopam'.

"So all these calculations... it is not so simple. There is an obligation to uphold law and the constitution, and there is an obligation to maintain law and order," Tharoor said.

"We live in a society where such things have happened in the past, and where protests on various issues have escalated into violence and loss of life. So you can't entirely blame the government, police and law and order machinery for being conscious of these dangers as well," he said.

The Tamil-Telugu film 'Vishwaroopam' of Kamal Hassan was banned in Tamil Nadu last month for 15 days after 24 Muslim groups objected to certain scenes of the film, claiming they were derogatory to their community.

Subsequently, Kamal Haasan, who also stars in the lead role, agreed to make some cuts. Talks between his representatives and Muslim outfits have taken place in Chennai.

The film has also been banned in Qatar, the UAE, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. But it has released in the US and Canada.

'Vishwaroop', the Hindi version of the film, was released across India on Friday.

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