The release of Viswaroopam in Tamil Nadu is still not certain. But, it is not just in Tamil Nadu that this Kamal Haasan film is facing opposition. Reportedly, the film might not be released in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as well. At least, not today.
In Karnataka, a distributor told The Hindu that they are still mulling over the issue and with Id-e-Milad on Friday and Republic Day on Saturday, they believe it might not be a good time to release the film.
In Andhra Pradesh as well, Vishwaroopam will not release today, according to ABP News. The home minister has reportedly given directions to postpone the release.
Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’ will not be released in Hyderabad and Cyberabad today on directions ofAndhra Pradesh home minister
— ABP News (@abpnewstv) 25 जनवरी 2013
Bangalore theatre owners decide to cancel all shows of Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’ today
— ABP News (@abpnewstv) जनवरी 25, 2013
The Tamil Nadu government had banned the release of Vishwaroopam for 2 weeks because 25 Muslim organisations had raised objections to the movie on the grounds that it portrayed the community in poor light. However, the Madras High Court has postponed the release of the film till Jan 28 before which, a judge is expected to see the film and decide on it being released for public viewing.
Initially, when the Muslim organisations had objected to the movie, the 58-year-old superstar organised a special screening for representatives of the community to allay their fears. However, the organisations only hardened their stance after watching the movie, alleging that the community was shown in bad light.
Earlier, the film also got into trouble when Kamal had announced that he will premiere it first on DTH and then premiering in theatres.
But when distributors objected, he had to revise his plans. Now the Tamil and Telugu versions will be aired on DTH a week after the release in theatres.
Made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, Vishwaroopam reportedlydeals with the adversities of war and is produced, directed and stars Kamal Haasan in the lead roles.