Vishwaroopam finally hits screens in TN
Overcoming a fortnight-long suspense and drama, Kamal Haasan's Tamil move
'Vishwaroopam' finally hit the screens across Tamil Nadu to packed houses,
amid celebrations by delirious fans.
It was a jamboree of sorts
as elated fans danced to drum beat and burst crackers as they thronged the
cinema-houses since early morning, some pouring milk over the cutouts of
the 58-year-old actor.
"We are very happy with the response and
shows have been booked till Monday. Kamal has done a brilliant job," a
theatre owner said.
Haasan's fans said the technically advanced
film could match up to any Hollywood production.
"It is like a
Hollywood movie," said a fan outside a theatre. "Hats off to Kamal. He has
taken Indian cinema to a new height," said another.
originally scheduled for January 25 release, started screening in some
theatres as early as 6AM.
Its release was delayed in the wake of
protests by some Muslim outfits who found certain scenes 'offensive' to
the community, prompting the Tamil Nadu government to ban it for two
The movie was cleared for release after the makers agreed
to cut seven scenes following a meeting between Haasan and the Muslim
outfits, which was brokered by the state government.
ban on the spy-thriller centring around terror, triggered a nationwide
condemnation and support for Haasan, who had threatened to go on a
self-imposed exile following the politics over his film. The actor had
pledged his house to make the Rs 100 crore movie.
The Hindi and
Telugu versions were released without much ado and Tamil also in Kerala
Haasan had also taken the battle to the court.
to the protests by Muslim outfits, the film had faced problems with the
tech-savvy actor insisting on release on the DTH platform before showing
it in theatres. The theatre owners' opposition had forced him to delay the
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