Notwithstanding the ‘boycott’ threat meted out by the theatre-owners across the State who have said that they would ensure that no theatre would be available to Kamal Haasan to release his Vishwaroopam on 11th January if he doesn’t change his decision to air the film on television on 10th January via DTH, Kamal has said that the DTH release would surely be persisted with at any cost.
“I’m not bothered about the threat; as planned earlier, Vishwaroopam would be released on television via DTH at 09:30 p.m. on 10th January. It’s for sure,” Kamal has asserted. Produced at a whopping cost of Rs.95 crores, Kamal’s Viswaroopam is hitting the screens worldwide on 11th January whereas Kamal had announced that the film’s release would be preceded by its release on the telly via DTH.
Distributors and theatre-owners across the State had gone up in protest against Kamal’s decision as they feared that the DTH release would only result in theatres running empty shows. In a rare show of unity, all the theatre-owners in the State are unified in their decision not to let a single theatre for Kamal to release Viswaroopam on 11th January.
An official announcement vis-à-vis the DTH release was made by Kamal Haasan yesterday at the ‘meet-the-press’ event organized by the crew of Vishwaroopam at a star hotel in the city. Speaking to the pressmen at the event, Kamal said, “I don’t bother about the opposition to my decision to release the film via DTH. As many as 5 DTH service providers would be releasing the film all over the country on television, as planned earlier, at 09:30 p.m. on 10th January. It’s an irrevocable decision and I’m sure those who oppose it now would realize its fruitfulness at a later stage.
“Subscribers of AirTel, Videocon and Reliance DTH can watch the film on the said time and date after making a one-time payment of Rs.1000. The film would be available for viewing on Channel No.155,” concluded Kamal.