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Kamal Haasan lodges complaint with police after receiving threats for Vishwaroopam

PTI  Chennai, January 07, 2013
First Published: 11:45 IST(7/1/2013) | Last Updated: 11:52 IST(7/1/2013)

Amid stiff opposition to the release of his movie Vishwaroopam on DTH format, actor Kamal Haasan on January 6 complained to police he has been receiving threats that the movie would be pirated and power supply to the cinemas screening it will be suspended.

"I have been receiving threats that the film will be pirated and electricity supply to the theatres which have decided to telecast it will be suspended. Since these are against the law, I preferred to lodge a complaint with ADGP (Law and Order) (T K Rajendran)", Haasan told reporters here.

The 58-year-old actor, also the movie's director, sought the State government's help and met State Home Secretary R Rajagopal, sources said.

The Rs. 90 crore movie landed in controversy after the actor decided to release it on Direct-To-Home (DTH) platform on January 10, a day ahead of its release in cinemas.

Though several theatre associations, including Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association and Madurai-Ramanathapuram United Film Distributors, threatened not to screen the movie, Haasan said the film will be released across 390 theatres.

He described the move as an "evolutionary growth" and insisted it was the "way to go forward".

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