Kamal Haasan reiterated that his Viswaroopam will be premiered on DTH platform and expressed confidence that it will in no way deter crowds from thronging the theatres.
One show will be aired on DTH which cannot be recorded and neither will it remain in the DTH system. The charge is Rs 1000 which is 10 times that of the theatre. For sure one can have the joy of watching the movie at home but not the experience of viewing it in the theatre,' he said.
He said DTH penetration in Tamilnadu was only three per cent and enjoyed by the affluent, and his idea would reach only half of this number and the apprehensions amounted to 100 persons fearing one.
To further explain his case, he cited a divine anecdote. He said while people have portraits of Lord Venkateshwara at home, this did not however deter them from visiting the holy shrine near Tirupati. The case of cinema halls is something like that, he said.
Have hotels been shutdown because many homes have kitchens which prepare good food?, he asked. 'Muslims, who suspect they have been depicted in a wrong manner will have a change of heart after watching the film and as a remedy they have to send their brother (Haasan) lot of Biriyani for Eid next year, which I will share with the poor'.
The movie produced and directed by Kamal Haasan stars himself in the lead role besides Pooja Kumar, Shekar Kapoor and Andrea Jeremiah, among others.