CBFC orders 17 cuts for Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2, say reports
After months of delay, the team of Kamal Haasan’s highly anticipated Tamil spy thriller Vishwaroopam 2 last November finally resumed shooting the final schedule of the film. There were also reports recently that the film has been certified U/A by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and that it’s gearing up for release this summer.
According to the industry grapevine, it is believed that the film has been ordered 17 cuts by CBFC. When Hindustan Times tried to confirm the same, there was no response from the filmmakers. It must be noted that Vishwaroopam itself had a tough time before release in 2013.The film, in fact, faced a ban for 15 days in Tamil Nadu as it centered on Indian security services’ participation in the War on Terror, which several civic Muslim bodies took offence to and protested.
The film centers around the character of Vishwanath, a Kathak teacher who is then revealed to be an Indian RAW agent, Wisam Ahmad Kashmir. The first film centred around Wisam and his team closing in around Al Qaeda’s sleeper and in the sequel he is expected to close in on Omar, played by Rahul Bose.
Even though shot as a single film, due to its length, Vishwaroopam was planned to be released in two parts. It follows the story of an Indian spy, played by Haasan himself, who befriends a notorious terrorist, played by Rahul Bose, and tries to bring down his empire. The first part was lauded for its high-octane action and taut screenplay. One of the highlights of the film was the scene where Haasan is seen transforming into a mean killing machine from an effervescent Kathak dancer. The second part, according to multiple sources, will be more intense than the first as it’s loaded with action and will be highly emotional.
Also starring Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar and Shekhar Kapoor, the film has music by Ghibran. Last year, Rajesh Selva, long-time associate of Haasan, in a tweet confirmed that the project has been revived and all the pending work will be wrapped up soon. Busy with his political ambitions, Haasan is eyeing to bring the long delayed Vishwaroopam 2 to cinemas this June or July.
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