The troubles began after Kamal Hassan announced his dream DTH
(Direct to Home) plans. The powerful Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners'
Association (TNTOA) instantly opposed the idea and warned him of
dire consequences if Kamal went ahead with his plans. Meeting after
meeting took place without a workable solution.
Kamal Hassan, who was adamant on his stand, sealed deals with
DTH operators, only to realise that the TNTOA boycotted the film
and no theatres were willing to screen the film except a handful of
cinema halls. The film originally was slated for release on January
11 but the last minute call by the TNTOA clipped his wings and he
was forced to release it on January 25.
With Kamal Hassan buying peace with the TNTOA and thereby
clearing the way for the films' release, a few Muslim groups waged
war against him all of a sudden. After watching the film, the
outfits called for a ban and the state government, who was mum till
the film neared its release, bowed down to the demands of the
Muslim groups and banned the film in the state.
This came as a shocker, as the film was banned a day before its
release and Kamal Hassan was outside India to promote the film.
Following the Tamil Nadu government's decision, neighbouring states
(Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) also banned the film, creating
trouble for the film.
However, Kamal Hassan's repeated pleas to Muslim groups went in
vain as they toughened the stand with the government standing
behind them as hard as a rock. Then, the frustrated actor came
before the media and said that his house is at stake and the loss
could bring his family to the streets.
Later, Jayalalitha entered the scene and blamed Kamal Hassan for
ignoring the issue and approaching court instead of negotiating the
issue with Muslim groups. She also said that the government was
ready to broker peace between the two parties.
As promised, the government settled the issue with Kamal Hassan
agreeing to delete objectionable scenes. The actor also withdrew
the petition filed at the Madras High Court and announced that the
film would finally release on February 7 in Tamil Nadu.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kamal Hassan is ready to rock the screens with advance bookings getting massive response in major parts of Tamil Nadu.