The Madras High Court on Thursday allowed the release of actor Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam 2’ as per the schedule. As the court refused to stay the release, ‘Vishwaroopam 2’ will hit theatres on Friday, August 10.
Justice M Sunder passed the order on a civil suit seeking to stay the release by Pyramid Saimira Productions International. In the suit, Pyramid Saimira also demanded Rs.5.44 crore as compensation from Kamal and Rajkamal Films. Pryamid Saimira argued that the amount Rs.5.44 crore had been paid earlier to the actor for the production of a film titled "Marmayogi" in Tamil and Hindi.
Pyramid Saimira failed to convince the court about the reason for not approaching the court earlier regarding this issue. "So it is not desirable to approach the court in the eleventh hour in cases of this nature against the production company," Dismissing the application, Justice M Sunder said.
After entering politics, this is the first time a Kamal movie is going to be released. As planned earlier, the Tamil version will be released by the actor’s daughter Shruti Haasan, while the Hindi version will be released by Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and the Telugu version by Jr NTR.
Kamal said in a tweet that the film has in the cast Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah, besides Shekar Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman (In Hindi version). The trailer has Kamal Haasan asserting that you can belong to any religion, but you cannot be a traitor to the nation.
Viswaroopam was released a few years ago after Kamal deleted some controversial scenes which said that all Muslims may not be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.
Kamal Haasan, who plays the role of a Muslim and a RAW agent who infiltrates the terrorist outfits to break it from within, called the protests against the film as being politically motivated.
The then Chief Minister J Jayalalitha advised him to remove the controversial scenes like a Muslim going out after a prayer in a mosque to carry out a terrorist attack, as otherwise she would not be able to give police protection.The actor suffered financial losses because of the controversies.
This was not the first film of his to run into rough weather before release. Earlier, Kamal had to rename a film as ‘Virumandi’ after Dalits objected to the original title ‘Chandiyar’( quarrelsome lot) as they felt it was a derogatory reference to them as they fight upper caste oppression.
Such experiences are believed to be one of the reasons which prompted him to enter politics after the passing of Jayalalitha.