Groups representing the Muslim community may find Vishwaroopam offensive, but equally offended is the censor board, which is up in arms over allegations of corruption and incompetence leveled against them by the Tamil Nadu government and the groups opposing the release of the film.
Leela Samson, Chairperson of the Central Film Certification Board said that the CBFC might press legal charges against the Advocate General of Tamil Nadu for libel.
"The language used is shocking. The advocate for the 23 Muslim groups said that the CBFC is a purchasable commodity. Why don't you take off all the films if we are incompetent?" she said, speaking to Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN.
But is the film as violent as claimed?
"Tamil films are particularly violent films. This film is hardly like that. Any film could be offensive to anybody. Its bound to give offence to some Muslims," she said.
However, noted film critic Baradwaj Rajan feels that Vishwaroopam is being singled out and there have been several instances in the past where controversial films have been released in Tamil.
"If a community feels that there is misinterpretation then there is no consistency on what is singled out and what isn't," he said.
"The presence of a big star (Kamal Haasan in this case) makes it difficult," he added.