New Delhi: The Hindi version of Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' was released in theatres across New Delhi and Mumbai on Friday. Many people formed queues outside theatres to watch 'Vishwaroop'. Fans said they wanted to watch Vishwaropp for Kamal Haasan.
The screening of the first show was delayed at PVR Saket due to technical reasons. While fans gathered at 9:45 am for the show scheduled for 10:30 am, many fans left after authorities said the show has been cancelled due to technical reasons. However, the screening began later after a small delay. A fans in Delhi said, "We are not watching because of the controversy, we're watching it because of Kamal Haasan, I love all his movies as he introduces a new element in each of his movies."
There is added interest in the film with all the controversy relating to the ban on the film in Tamil Nadu and the protests against it. An inquisitive fan in Mumbai said, "The film is a big hit in Malaysia. I want to is it some political agenda or really people have been hurt by Vishwaroop."
However, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor watched the movie and found there was nothing communally offensive in the film. Most film critics who have seen Vishwaroop said the controversy was much ado about nothing.
"Having watched Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam, I think I can safely say that the film is not anti-Muslim. It is not a film that should offend Muslim sensibilities. The film's theme in the backdrop is one terrorism, it is set around and after the events of 9/11. You can say that the film is anti-terrorism but it's not anti-Muslim. In fact that's the point that has been made by the one positive Muslim character in the film," Masand said.
Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan is likely to meet Muslim groups on Friday to sort out differences as the ban continues in Tamil Nadu. The chief secretary will be meeting representatives of Muslim groups and RajKamal films.
Governor Rosaiah has appealed to filmmakers to avoid hurting the sentiments of various communities. The screening has been stopped in some areas of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh after the release on January 25. The ban has left distributors and theatre owners worried about recovering the cost of the 95 crore film.
Earlier on Friday, Kamal Haasan implored the fundamentalists to "see reason" and said he will not stop pursuing negotiations with them over his film 'Vishwaroopam', while talking to CNN-IBN on Thursday night. The actor and director also claimed he does not "rule out politics" in the controversy that has surrounded his Rs 95 crore budget film. Haasan said his film would "make Indian Muslims proud". However, he questioned whether those protesting against his film "understood cinema".