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Kamal Haasan Goes All Out To Promote Vishwaroopam 2

Kamal Haasan At The Statecon Conference

Five years back at the time of Vishwaroopam’s release, Kamal Haasan had found himself in the middle of a raging controversy, forcing the actor-director to issue a statement saying that he will leave the country, if the film is not allowed to release. This time around, though there is a lot of buzz around Vishwaroopam 2, the film’s team is relaxed and not engaged in putting out fires.


When Vishwaroopam was banned in Tamil Nadu by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the actor had said, “Thiraikadal odi thiraviyam theduven” (I can travel overseas and earn my living). In a recent interview with The Times Of India, he said that he found it insulting that he had suggested running away from the country. He also said that it was shame on the then Chief Minister and the state government who denied artistic freedom and justice to Raaj Kamal Films International.

“But I fought back and we sued the government and came back. Like the hero of Thevar Magan, who wanted to go out of the country but came back, I became The Man,” he was quoted as saying.

Haasan, who took the political plunge this year with the formation of the party Makkal Needhi Maiam, was last seen in the 2015 release Thoongaa Vanam, a commercial failure. He had earlier said that the film is both a prequel and sequel to Vishwaroopam. “It has the answer for all the questions on Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri (Kamal’s character name in the film),” he said.

At the trailer launch, the actor had mentioned that he is confident that the sequel will not face censor issues like the first movie. While Vishwaroopam was screened under political pressure, Haasan is certain that it won’t happen this time
Haasan told The New Indian Express, “Think of standalone classics like Godfather 1, 2, and 3. If anything, Vishwaroopam 2, I think, will revive interest in the first film. It’s the fulcrum around which the events of the first film occur.”
“This film will be filled with high octane action sequences and emotional quotient,” he had said earlier.
But the actor is confident that his entry into politics will not affect the film’s reception. “The audience knows the difference. This is a film that I made much before I entered politics. But it does talk politics… a much broader politics than parochial politics… country-to-country politics,” he told The Times of India.

The story revolves around Major Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri who is now a RAW agent. The film also stars Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose and Shekhar Kapur in key roles and the music is by Ghibran. The film is set to release on August 10.