Supreme Court rejects petition on Dasavatharam
The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to interfere with a Madras High Court judgment allowing the screening of Tamil film Dasavatharam, starring Kamal Haasan, thereby paving the way for its release on Friday.
A vacation Bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice P.P. Naolekar dismissed a special leave petition filed by Swami Govinda Ramanuja Dasa, president of the International Sri Vaishnava Dharma Samrakshanaa Society, challenging the High Court judgment. The Bench heard the Swami, and counsel K.K. Mani and K. Ravi, appearing for film director K.S. Ravikumar and producer V. Ravichandran of Oscar Films. Counsel denied Dasavatharam “sarcastically ridicules or denigrates the religious sentiments of Hindus.”
It said: “The petition is premature as the petitioner himself has admitted that he has not seen the full movie. Further, affidavits have been filed in the High Court by the respondents, including the director, producer and the Censor Board, that there are no objectionable scenes in the movie. However, after seeing the movie, if there are objectionable scenes, it is open to the petitioner to take appropriate action…