Kamal Hassan seems to be walking on a tightrope again. His plans of releasing his superhit Vishwroopam on DTH was severely criticised earlier this year and he was not allowed to go ahead with his idea. Now, the actor has opened on it again as he has said that the sequel to Vishwaroopam would be released on DTH.
The actor-turned-director is currently in Bangalore to attend a
meeting of FICCI's (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry) Frames Conclave. Kamal Hassan, who is the chairman of the
media and entertainment conclave, has revealed about his DTH plans
on Sunday (September 29).
Speaking at the event, Kamal Hassan claimed that Vishwaroopam 2 will have
a DTH premiere. He says that people are rejecting his idea here.
The Unviersal star argues that people go to resturants even though
they have kitchen at home!
"The TV premiere of a film is a step into the future. The idea was to have one premiere on TV at a premium price. It would not only get people to watch the film at home, but also drive them to watch the film on the big screen. But there are too many people here opposing it. Everybody has a kitchen at home, why then are so many restaurants surviving?" The Times of India quotes the actor as saying.
Kamal Hassan admits that DTH release too have its own issues,
but there are ways to control it. "Yes, there are issues such as
ensuring the DTH premiere is given only to individuals rather than
institutions, but there are ways of controlling that too," said
If Not In India, It Will In US
Kamal Hassan concludes by saying that he would release his next
movie Vishwaroopam 2 on DTH. If it doesn't happen here, he
would release it in the US.
Theatre Owners Opposed
Kamal Hassan wanted to release his Vishwaroopam on DTH.
But the theatre owners association in the state did not allow him
Will DTH Kill Theatre Business?
The Theatre Owners Association had protested his idea by saying
that his DTH plans would hit their business badly. Their argument
was that people would not come to theatre if this idea was given
Hence, theatre owners boycotted Vishwaroopam from
screening. This forced Kamal Hassan to drop his plans.
Vishwaroopam In November
However, Vishwaroopam 2, which is a sequel to
Vishwaroopam, will release in November.
Vishwaroopam 2 is directed by Kamal Hassan. The movie
has Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, Waheeda Rahman and
Anant Mahadevan in the cast.
While M Ghibran has composed the music, Sanu John Vargesse,
Shamdat and Sainudeen have handled the camera.