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Actor Kamal Haasan, whose film Vishwaroopam ran into trouble for its content that has been branded as anti-Muslim, on Wednesday said he would leave Tamil Nadu and India if required to stay in a secular place to just remain an artist who is godless.
"I want to stay in a secular state. I will find another state other than Tamil Nadu from Kashmir to Kerala to stay. If I do not find I will stay in another country which is secular," he said in an emotional press conference here, adding that he has mortgaged his entire property to the financier of the film and would lose it all.
"I want to be a secular man. I want to stay where these things do not touch me," he said. "M F Hussain-saab had to go out of India for the same reason. I am just an artist. I am godless. I am fed up," he said.
"I shall wait for the afternoon judgement [a verdict in his favour has been challenged again in a higher bench of Madras High Court] but after this I think I will have to seek for a secular state to stay in from Kashmir to Kerala excluding Tamil Nadu. I will look for a place which would house an artist, I will pay for it. I know my art is still left and I can earn."
He said he will hopefully find another country which is secular to stay if he cannot find a place in India. "Nothing will change the fact that I am a Tamil and an Indian. Only my passport will change," he said.
"I wonder how one movie could knock this mighty nation's unity," he said.
The Madras High Court on late Tuesday lifted the ban Vishwaroopam in Tamil Nadu. The verdict was passed by Justice K Venkataraman after a day-long hearing on Tuesday.
The Tamil Nadu government has appealed against the verdict, defending the ban in order to maintain "communal harmony".
According to reports, the judge, who saw the film over the weekend, had asked Hassan to explore the possibility of an amicable settlement with the government.
He said nothing was clear to him why these things were happening to him and said the fact is that he is yet to get interim relief or order and film shows were stopped again. He said he is yet to receive a physical order of the court the authorities are asking for.