Controversies pay in the film world. For Kamal Haasan, it must have
been worth swallowing all the problems his movie Vishwaroopam
generated over its proposed release on the direct-to-home (DTH)
platform ahead of the theatrical debut. Even as Haasan had
to concede to the powerful film exhibition community and defer the
DTH release, his much talked about magnum opus action thriller has
crossed the Rs one billion mark at the box office.
Rahul Bose tweeted the milestone achievement on the micro
blogging website, "Just received figures of the all India box
office collections of Vishwaroopam. 120 crores and counting.
Superb! Vishwaroopam's the first film I've been a part of
that's made over 100 crores. Congratulations to the team and mr
plays the antagonist in the film. Other stars include Pooja Kumar,
Andrea Jeremiah and Shekhar Kapur.
movie has been marred with controversies even before its release.
The first tangle it got itself into was when actor-director Hasaan
decided to release the movie on DTH platform before its theatrical
release. Just when the issue of Vishwaroopam's release
was resolved, Muslim bodies in Tamil Nadu opposed the movie since
it showed the community in bad light which resulted in the movie
being banned from release in Tamil Nadu.
film released worldwide on 25 January but in Tamil Nadu it hit
the theatres as late as 7 February. Despite the delays and controversies,
the film seems to have caught the fancy of the audiences.
film was also released in Hindi by the name Vishwaroop.
This version, though, has failed to attract audiences since it
has managed to rake in just Rs 117.5 million in its first week.