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Kamal Haasan Vs TN Theatre Owners : The battle is still on


The controversy surrounding the release of Vishwaroopam is still raging in Tamil Nadu. Few days ago, Kamal Haasan, who produced and directed the film, unveiled his plans to air the film on DTH services like Tata Sky, Airtel, Dish TV simultaneously with the film’s theatrical release. His plan irked the theatre owners in Tamil Nadu, who threatened that they would boycott the film if Kamal Haasan doesn’t roll back from his plan. In an interesting turn of events, Kamal Haasan called for a meeting with several producers of Tamil cinema and explained his plan. Apparently, all the producers unanimously agreed with Kamal Haasan that airing films on DTH services is indeed a good idea since it’ll open a new revenue stream for them. Naturally, this move hasn’t gone down well with the theatre owners. An emergency meeting has been called by the theatre owners to discuss the future course of action. On the other hand, Kamal Haasan has expressed his wish to meet the exhibitors and distributors and make it clear that they’ll not lose revenue since they don’t have to pay any minimum guarantee amount for the film. He’s insisting that the exhibitors can screen the film on a revenue sharing basis only which will minimize the risk drastically. We’ll have to wait and see how things unfold from here. Kamal Haasan has also played the lead role in this action film which is set in the backdrop of global terrorism. Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah and Rahul Bose have played the lead roles. Shankar Ehsaan Loy have compsoed the music. The film is expected to hit the screens on January 11, if all goes well.

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