'Vishwaroopam' films and the confused Good Muslim vs Bad Muslim framework

Film CommentaryThe whole premise of the ‘Vishwaroopam’ films is rather troubling – a privileged Hindu has produced and directed a film where he plays a Good Muslim disguised as a privileged Hindu.Sowmya RajendranIt's not unusual for films with a patriotic theme to release around Independence Day. This August, we had the Hindi film Mulk hitting the screens on the 3rd and Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam 2, releasing on the 10th. Both of them, interestingly, are about terrorism and Islam. While Mulk bravely takes on Islamophobia, Vishwaroopam 2 is the sequel to a film that saw protests for its anti-Muslim politics, although the hero (Kamal Haasan) plays a Muslim man. The first film, Vishwaroopam, was supposed to release for Republic Day in 2013, but because of the protests (which Kamal firmly believes were politically motivated), it hit the screens only outside Tamil Nadu. It was February 7 by the time the film was
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