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Vishwaroopam row : Kamal Haasan files police complaint following threats

Chennai, Jan 7 (): Actor Kamal Haasan has lodged a police complaint on Sunday noting that he has been threatened that his mega-project Vishwaroopam would be pirated and power supply to the cinemas screening it will be suspended.

The film is scheduled to be premiered on DTH platform on January 10, Thursday, followed by theatrical release on January 11, Friday. Six networks -Airtel, Sun Direct, Videocon, Tata Sky, Dish TV and Big TV – will telecast the film. This innovative move has kicked up a big controversy.

Kamal Hassan, also the movie’s director, placed the complaint with Additional director general of police (Law and Order) T K Rajendran. The actor told reporters in Chennai, as these intimidations are against the law.

The actor has also mentioned the names of those who threaten him and their contact numbers. Sources said the 58-year-old actor sought the help of state government and has also met R Rajagopal, Home Secretary.

He said in spite of all the threats, the film will be telecast in DTH platform on January 10 and the next day in theatres. Several theatre owners’ associations had threatened him that they will not screen the movie. The theatre and distributor associations also have requested Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to interfere in the issue and resolve the matter.

Kamal Haasan said his movie will be released in nearly 390 theatres. He described this innovative move as an “evolutionary growth” and insisted it was the “way to go forward”.

With bringing in the novel idea on showcasing “Vishwaroopam” on PPV (Pay Per View) on DTH format, Kamal explained DTH is available out there and he did not invent it. He only had discovered it and he was also happy as people are liking this innovative move.

On commenting about this move, director Bharathirajaa said scientific progress is inevitable and has to be embraced.