Kamal Hassan’s latest film that is under huge controversy in many parts of the country specially in Tamil Nadu has been released in neighboring state of Karnataka. the film’s fate in Tamil Nadu remains a mystery with the government asking the actor/ director to make changes in the film for over more than one hour. This means that the film’s story is going to be changed substantially, a very tough thing for any director or actor. This also means that several parts of the film will be completely reshot that will involve asking the whole team to work together all over again.
The film that was set to be released in Tamil Nadu last week was banned by the state government following criticism by Muslims in the state. Muslim leaders who had heard of the controversial contents of the film had earlier asked the film to be screened for them, but Kamal Hassan flatly refused to comply with the local Muslims’ demand. It is his stubborn attitude in the eye of a raging controversy that has brought the matter thus far. Otherwise it would have been resolved much earlier.
Meanwhile reports suggest that Kamal Haasan’s controversial spy thriller “Vishwaroopam” has resumed playing in Karnataka under police security. The Rs.95 crore film, which released in Karnataka Jan 25, was banned from screening after the first show. Theatres were asked to stop screening fearing violence. Now the film is back in theatres. “We are showing the film under police security. We have four shows for today. The response has been good. And since police are patrolling, people are walking in fearlessly,” an official of Urvashi Cinemas told IANS. Some other cinemas playing the movie include Innovative Multiplex, Rockline cinemas, Gopalan cinemas, Vision cinemas and Manasa Digital cinemas.
Vishwaroopam release in Karnataka is rather very limited. The film has been released in close to 40 theatres in the state, including in over 15 screens in Bangalore. “Police gave us a go-ahead this morning. Most theatres have included an extra show in the evening to attract as many as possible to the cinemas,” said H.D Gangaraju, the distributor of the film. The movie, written, directed and produced by Kamal, has been released with the tag line “All Muslims are not terrorists and the characters depicted in this film are imaginary,” said Bharathwaj, one of the movie patrons. “Vishwaroopam” was originally set to release in Tamil and Telugu Jan 25. But a day earlier, the Tamil Nadu government imposed a two-week ban on the film after some Muslims complained that some scenes in the film portrayed the community in a bad light.
The film that is an out and out a Kamal Hassan movie where the filmmaker himself plays the lead role has been urged to settle the issue amicably with the Tamil Nadu government Jan 28. This was after a judge saw the movie in a private screening Jan 26.