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Mumbai: A quiet release for Vishwaroop in city

Mugdha Variyar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 02, 2013
First Published: 01:22 IST(2/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:24 IST(2/2/2013)

Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop released in Mumbai on Friday without any untoward incident reported in any of the localities where it was screened.

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On Friday evening, the actor met representatives of several Muslim groups to clear rumours about the film being anti-Islam.

The actor interacted with members of Mumbai Aman Committee, All India Ulema Council, and Hazrat Imam Hussain Foundation.           

Those who met Haasan later said they were convinced that the film did not offend their faith.

“We had heard that the film portrayed our religion in a bad light, but Haasan assured us there is nothing against Islam in the film,” said Farid Shaikh from Mumbai Aman Committee.

“He also promised that if we have objections to certain scenes, he would remove them,” he added.

When asked about the meeting, Haasan told HT, “Once they watch the film, they will not find anything objectionable. I take umbrage at the fact that I am accused of inciting communal violence through a film,” said Haasan.

Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Ambadas Pote confirmed that there was no trouble in the city regarding the film’s release.

When asked about security arrangements, Pote said, “The zonal deputy commissioner’s of the areas where theatres are showing the movie have been given instructions to ensure there is adequate police protection near the cinema halls.”

Security worries kept viewers away from the morning shows, but distributors said demand for tickets picked up by night.

“I think some people anticipated trouble on the opening day, which is why the film started slow,” said Girish Johar, head of distribution, Balaji Telefilms.


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