Kamal Haasan’s big-budget Vishwaroopam will hit the theatres first on January 25, and reach the small screens via the Direct-to-Home platform at a later date.

The National award-winning actor and film-maker on Friday said he had dropped the plans to premiere the film on direct-to-home (DTH) platform after taking into consideration the advice of his industry peers and also keeping in mind the “good health of the industry”.

“It will definitely release on the DTH platform but some time after the theatre release. I am working with my DTH partners on the exact dates and will announce that when we have decided.”

Addressing the media after meeting with members of the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association and Tamil Nadu Exhibitors Association at the film chamber in the city here, the actor thanked the associations for helping him release the movie’s Tamil version to in over 500 screens in the State. He said it was important for every stakeholder to understand DTH’s part in the future vision for the industry.

The association members thanked the actor for allaying their fears on the new technology and also for being considerable to their demands. They presented him with a gold ring ahead of the press briefing. The distributors’ association also held discussions with him.

Mr.Haasan had originally planned to release the movie on the DTH platform on January 10, a day ahead of its theatre release. Subsequently, both releases were postponed as a controversy erupted over the novel move. The theatre release was subsequently postponed because of misunderstanding over the move and parleys between various parties.

Airtel refunds money

A statement from Airtel CEO (DTH) Shashi Arora said Airtel Digital TV had credited back the booking amount paid by subscribers for the intended DTH premiere of Vishwaroopam. (With inputs from S.R. Ashok Kumar)

  • Kamal Haasan working with DTH partners on dates

    Tamil version to release in 500 theatres