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Box office report : Vishwaroop gets peaceful release, opens to average response

Mumbai, Feb 2 (): Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop, the Hindi version of controversial film Vishwaroopam, released peacefully yesterday with an average response, which is expected to pick up over the weekend.

Vishwaroop is released in over 1035 screens all over the country yesterday and this is Kamal Haasan’s biggest release in Hindi till date. The film witnessed an average occupancy of about 50-60% across theatres in north India without any unpleasant incidents excluding some protests in Lucknow held outside the Shubham Hall and a multiplex in Agra.

Director and business head, DT Cinemas in Delhi, Anant Verma said the response was good, and the collections are expected to shoot up during the weekend.

The film smoothly released in Kanpur, UP, with 27 shows in four multiplexes and three single-screen theatres with a good turnout.

Distributor Jaspal Dhingra of Nanaksar Enterprises said in east Punjab, the film opened below average. The film may be good, but collections are very average, he added.

In Jaipur, the film got a peaceful opening and there were no protests, said police officials.

Mumbai response was little different, small theatres are said to be full, but multiplexes lack audience for Vishwaroop.

As Vishwaroopam is trapped under controversy in Tamil Nadu and under the scanner of 24 Muslim organisations, which opposed few scenes of the film as insulting to their community, this situation appears to have increased the interest about the movie in north India.

Fans of Kamal in Delhi said that they were not watching because of the controversy, they were waiting to watch the movie because of Kamal Haasan. They said they loved all his movies as he introduces a new element in each of his movies.

An enthusiastic fan in Mumbai said that Vishwaroopam is a big hit in Malaysia. He just wanted to know whether it had some political agenda or really people had been hurt by Vishwaroop.