Actor-director Kamal Haasan called on police and submitted a petition seeking protection for theatres that will be screening his Pongal release Viswaroopam across the State.
Ever since Kamal Haasan announced that Viswaroopam would be released on DTH platforms, a day before its theatrical release on 11 January, exhibitors and theatre owners were up in arms. The Tamilnadu Theatre Owners Association (TNTOA) announced that they would not release the film in theatres.
On his part, Kamal Haasan said, ‘it is a new business model and it will not affect theatre owners in any way’. However fissures appeared within theatre owners and several theatre owners announced their decision to go ahead with the screening of the film from 11 January.
In such a scenario, Kamal Haasan met the ADGP and Home Secretary and submitted a memorandum seeking protection for over 300 theatres/screens that were planning to release Viswaroopam.
The actor also said that he was receiving threats from some persons and had been warned that they would resort to power cuts during the DTH screening of Viswaroopam. He further said that he received threats from certain quarters stating that they would make pirated CDs of Viswaroopam.