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If all goes well, sequel will be ready by year-end: Kamal

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ALL SMILES AGAIN:Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan addressing a press conference in Bangalore. Actor Ramesh is by his side.— Photo: k. murali kumar
ALL SMILES AGAIN:Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan addressing a press conference in Bangalore. Actor Ramesh is by his side.— Photo: k. murali kumar

Superstar Kamal Haasan, who survived a bruising thanks to all that brouhaha over Vishwaroopam , is now planning its sequel which, if it doesn’t run into another brick wall, will ambitious film said, here on Saturday that, in case of no “stumbling blocks”, the sequel- Vishwaroopam-2 would hit the screens by the end of 2013.

The actor, who was here in Bangalore to thank audiences, the government and the media for supporting him “in the time of crisis”, told a press conference that Karnataka was the first State to release the film ‘fearlessly”, with Kerala and Andhra Pradesh following suit. He believed in the response of Bangalore as a “sample test as most of India lives here”.

Sorry trend

Expressing his distress over what he described as a trend in ban demands on films, he said Mani Ratnam’s Kadal and Amir Sultan’s Aadi Bhagavan were facing problems in Tamil Nadu. There was a need to challenge this, he said. “I am sure people will do it.”

He was grateful for the support he got from the industry, the media, and his audiences. “I am highly indebted to them and I don’t think it is possible ever to repay the debt,” he said, overcome by emotion.

Vishwaroopam will be released in France and the United Kingdom this week while the Hindi version will hit the screen in New York next week. “The Tamil version is already breaking records in the United States.”

To a query on his next Hollywood project, he said he was working with producer Barrie M. Osborne who seemed to have liked the subject.

DTH move

On whether releasing his most ambitious film yet on the direct to home (DTH) platform complicated the problem, he admitted there were serious attempts to scuttle Vishwaroopam by a section of the industry. Strongly defending the DTH platform, he said he would pursue what he had initiated. “I believe that it is an important platform to be monetised by the film industry.” Moreover, it would be instrumental in countering piracy to certain extent.

Asked if he had compromised to release the expensive film, he said only the sound was muted but not the visuals. What pained him the most was when his integrity as a secular person was questioned.

On clichéd question of keeping off politics, he riposted: “I am an actor; but not that good an actor.”

Actor comes on a thanksgiving visit

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