Chennai: A Hindu outfit today staged a protest near actor Kamal Haasan's residence here, opposing the Tamil version of 'Bigg Boss' that is hosted by him.
Hitting out at the actor for participating in the show which allegedly belittled and diminished Indian culture, the protesters belonging to the Hindu Makkal Katchi said "Kamal Haasan should not indulge in such cultural denigration."
They demanded certification for television programmes, similar to censor certification for films, to protect the interests of the general public, children and students.
Certification like "A" (Adults) given for films was necessary for television programmes too since several shows featured content that was not appropriate for children and youngsters, they claimed.
The protesters said they would hold similar protests against Haasan's movies if the actor continued to host the show.
Police pickets were set up in and around Haasan's residence in upscale Alwarpet and barricades were put up to prevent untoward incidents.
Similarly, police personnel in adequate numbers were also deployed in front of Vijay TV's office here in view of the protests.
The Hindu Makkal Katchi had two days ago sought legal action against Haasan and the actors on the reality show being telecast on Vijay TV since June 24.
They had filed a police complaint seeking a ban on the telecast of the show on the Tamil TV channel hosted by Haasan, alleging that it denigrated Tamilian culture.
Reacting to the complaint, Haasan had said there was nothing inappropriate in the show's content.
"I have faith in law... if they want to arrest me, let it happen, law and justice will protect me," the actor had said....