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01-28-2013, 10:07 PM #1
Vishwaroop', 'Midnight's Children' hit box office together (IANS Preview)It's a clash of the titans at the box-office this Friday as "Vishwaroop", the Hindi version of Kamal Haasan's controversial Tamil film "Vishwaroopam", hits the Indian screens along with Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children", based on Salamn Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning controversial novel of the same name.
Directed and produced by Kamal, "Vishwaroop" revolves around a married couple Vishwanath alias Wiz (Kamal), a Kathak exponent, and Nirupama (Pooja Kumar), who has acquired her PhD. All seemed to be going well till Nirupama aspires for more and plans to opt out of marriage.
However, it is difficult for her to cite any specific reason to leave Wiz, as there is nothing much to complain about him. So she decides to hire a detective and find something about him, so that she can find a reason to end her marriage. Wires get cross-connected and all hell breaks loose.
Shot in scenic locales of the US, Canada as well as cities like Chennai and Mumbai in India, the film also features Shekhar Kapur, Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab and Andrea Jeremiah.
The film has been reeling under controversies even before the release. Kamal wanted to open new avenues by releasing his Rs.95 crore (over $ 17,000,000) project on direct-to-home platform a day before the release of the film Jan 11. But theatre owners opposed the idea and eventually, the actor-filmmaker had to revise his plans.
Later Jan 25 was locked as the new release date but before "Vishwaroopam" could hit the screens, it again found itself amid trouble when certain Muslim groups claimed that their community has been shown in bad light and asked that the Tamil and the Telugu versions be banned.
In India, "Vishwaroopam" has been banned in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh while in the overseas market, it has been banned in Malaysia.
Experts reckon the ban can lead to an approximate loss of Rs.30 crore.
Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children" is based on controversial author Salman Rushdie's Booker prize-winning 1980 novel of the same name....being a human...