Vishwaroopam never seemed like a safe bet as the movie exceeded the budget to reach Rs 95 crore. Considering the limited Tamil market, the film released with lots of controversies with the state government banning the film in the state fearing law and order issues after a few Muslim groups raised objection claiming that the film hurts the sentiments of their community.
Having made with the huge budget, the good opening was a must for Vishwaroopam in order to recover the production cost. But as the things took shocking turns during the release, it appeared like the film would bomb at the Box office putting Kamal into financial troubles. What was more shocking was that the Universal Star had mortgaged his Chennai residence to get loan to invest on the film and the film's fate would have eventually decided his future too!
However, Kamal Hassan fans and Tamil audience, as always, stood by him and gave wonderful response to bail him out of the crisis. "In order to pay the moneylender, I have re-mortgaged my house. But this time with a nationalised bank and the payment terms are standard and fairly easy there. With the film garnering enough revenue, I hope to get back the house soon," the Times of India quotes the actor as saying. Continue reading the article on the slideshow...
Kamal, who thinks that he could have minimised risk factors, claims that he has learnt lessons the hard way.
On the other end, an investigation by Competition Commission of India (CCI) has begun concentrating on a complaint filed by Kamal Haasan against Tamil Nadu cinema theatre owners associations. He filed the complaint asserting that the association had followed anti-competition practices in restricting the release of Vishwaroopam.
Vishwaroopam is directed by Kamal Hassan himself and produced by his brother Charu Haasan. The film also stars Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, and Rahul Bose in the important roles.
Meanwhile, Kamal Hassan is planning to release Vishwaroopam 2 in the current year itself.