"Mr Kamal Hassan is not my rival in any way. If I really wanted
a ban on the film I could have banned it straight away...but we did
not do that. That should prove it is not political
"He is nearing 60, he is a responsible adult, what he has taken
is a calculative gamble. If he has taken the risk to produce a mega
budget movie and pledged his property, how can the government be
held responsible for that?"
"We stopped the screening for tempers to cool so that the two
parties could talk."
"Film's screening was banned in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka
where Congress and BJP governments are in power. Or even in
Puducherry or Singapore, where there is substantial Muslim
"After his return from the US, Hassan sought a meeting with me,
but as he had by then already moved the Madras High Court, I could
not have interfered in the sub judice case."
"The groups had organised protests in various places. There was
every apprehension these protests could get violent. Intelligence
inputs had been received about violence and the only way to release
the film would be to provide police protection to all 500
theatres," she said.
"Had the filmmaker screened the movie for the Muslim leaders in
the beginning itself, all this would not have happened," she
"If the leaders of the Muslim organisation and Kamal Haasan can work out an amicable agreement then the state government will do everything to facilitate that."