Chennai, Jan 7: Ahead of the release of his grand 90-crore movie "Vishwaroopam", Kamal Haasan has been threatened that the movie would be pirated and power supply to the cinemas screening will be suspended.
Seeking government aid, the 58-year-old Kollywood actor on Sunday, Jan 7 met Home Secretary of Tamil Nadu R Rajagopal and later filed a police complaint.
During a press conference in Chennai, the actor said, "I have been receiving threats that the film will be pirated and electricity supply to the theatres, which have decided to telecast it, will be suspended. Since these are against the law, I preferred to lodge a complaint with Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order)."
Mr Haasan has been receiving threats following his decision of releasing the movie on Direct-To-Home (DTH) format. The actor's decision enraged many, especially several theatre associations.
Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association and Madurai-Ramanathapuram United Film Distributors earlier had threatened not to screen the movie.
Despite all such obstacles, the actor claimed that the film will be released across 390 theatres and also described the move as an "evolutionary growth" and insisted it was the "way to go forward". Vishwaroopam will be released on DTH on Jan 10, a day ahead of its release in cinema theatres.
What is DTH?
DTH stands for Direct-To-Home television. DTH is defined as the reception of satellite programmes with a personal dish in an individual home.
DTH does away with the need for the local cable operator and puts the broadcaster directly in touch with the consumer. Only cable operators can receive satellite programmes and they then distribute them to individual homes.
(With PTI inputs)