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Updated: January 28, 2013 00:23 IST

Kamal’s Vishwaroopam on a roll

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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A still from Vishwaroopam.
THE HINDU A still from Vishwaroopam.

After rave reviews and pre-realease controversies, the film is now running to full houses

The release of Kamal Haasan’s latest extravaganza, Vishwaroopam that was touted to be one of the most expensive films made in South India, was in a rather staccato fashion, but on day three of its opening here, it got rave reviews. The film, now is running full houses.

According to P.D.V. Prasad, general manager, Siri Media Private Limited, which distributed the Telugu prints of the movie, the screening was not affected as it was feared, initially. “There was absolutely no trouble and there were only a few instances of community elders requesting us to defer the film’s release (January 26) by a day because it coincided with ‘Milad-un-Nabi. Police also told us they would not be able to provide protection at every theatre,” he said.

News about ‘Vishwaroopam’ also attracted attention because a major stakeholder in Siri Media happened to be former Union Minister Dasari Narayana Rao. “We actually planned to release the film in 225 theatres and have been able to stick to the schedule,” Mr. Prasad said. On Day One, the shows ran in Hyderabad and Cyberabad limits only as police told us not to take any chances; so was the case with Vijayawada and Nellore.

Following a request from community elders, the screening was suspended on Sunday in Nizamabad.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Kamal Haasan will fly back to Chennai from the U.S. on Monday. On Wednesday, he is likely to participate in road shows here.

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