Petition in Supreme Court against Dasavatharam
The petitioners R Bakthavatsalam and Swami Govinda Ramanuja Dasa from Chennai, moved the Supreme Court for a stay on its release of actor and director Kamal Haasan’s multi-crore movie Dasavatharam, alleging that the film hurts the religious sentiments of 50 crore Vaishnavites. The petitioners submitted that if screening of the movie were not stayed it would create a law and order problem in the country.
“No one can be permitted to disturb harmony and no film should be allowed to be made which would hurt people and disturb law and order,” the petitioners said. “The film Dasavatharam projects violent clash between Saivaites (those who worship Lord Shiva) and Vaishnavites (worshippers of Lord Vishnu) hurting the religious feelings and sentiments of entire Hindu community,” the petition alleged, challenging a Madras high court order allowing screening of the film.
The petitioner had contended that the movie had scenes that offended Hindu sentiments, particularly that of Vaishnavites. The petition was based on clippings of the movie shown in a private Tamil television channel. The petitioners prayed for deletion of scenes depicting clashes between Vaishnavites and Saivites and few other scenes.