Kamal Haasan’s upcoming film Vishwaroopam has landed in big controversy in Tamil Nadu and rumours are rife that the film might be even banned by theatre owners. Trouble started brewing earlier this week when Kamal Haasan’s big gamble to screen the film simultaneously on DTH services like Tata Sky, Airtel came to the limelight. Apparently, he struck a Rs 50 crores deal with several DTH operators which would have made it possible to screen Vishwaroopam on DTH on the same day as its theatrical release. As soon as a leading distributor came to know about Kamal Haasan’s new distribution model, he alerted other theatre owners across Tamil Nadu.
The theatre owners feel that there’ll be a huge loss in theatrical collections if Kamal Haasan goes ahead with his plan. It’s not yet clear what their future course of action would be, but they have sent a message loud and clear that they’ll not allow Kamal Haasan to air Vishwaroopam on the same day of its theatrical release. We’ll have to wait and see how Kamal Haasan reacts to this controversy. The film stars Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Andrew Jeremiah, Rahul Bose and Sekhar Kapur and it’s set in the backdrop of global terrorism. Kamal Haasan has also written, produced and directed the film. Vishwaroopam is expected to release in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi on January 11.