1 Updates

'Vishwaroop', 'Midnight's Children' hit box office together (IANS Preview)

Jan 28 2013, 8:58am CST | by

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) 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.

New Delhi, Jan 28 — 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...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

'Vishwaroop', 'Midnight's Children' hit box office together (IANS Preview)

Jan 28 2013, 8:58am CST | by

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) 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.

New Delhi, Jan 28 — 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.

At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are each fated to live the destiny meant for the other.

Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India's whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters.

The novel came out in 1980 and objections were raised on unflattering portrayal of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and the internal emergency of 1975 in the book. Indira Gandhi sued the author for defamation in 1984. She won the case shortly and the publishers were forced to slightly alter the text and remove an offending passage.

Shot entirely in Sri Lanka, the film features an ensemble cast of Satya Bhabha, Siddharth, Shahana Goswami, Ronit Roy, Rahul Bose, Shabana Azmi, Kulbushan Kharbanda, and Darsheel Safary.

Salman Rushdie is said to have sold the rights of the novel to Mehta for $1 and after much coaxing, the author agreed to be the screenplay-writer of the film too. The film's production cost reportedly is $12 million.

The shooting of the film was stalled after the Iranian government expressed distress to the Sri Lankan ambassador over the filming of a Rushdie book, but the controversy was resolved and the shooting resumed.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Kanye West incensed at Kardashian's naked photo leak
Los Angeles, Oct 1 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, was reportedly furious when he found out about naked pictures of his wife after they went online.
 
 
No bad blood: Hemsworth on break-up with Cyrus
Los Angeles, Oct 1 (IANS) Despite his messy break-up with singer Miley Cyrus, actor Liam Hemsworth says he has no hard feelings for his ex-fiancee.
 
 
Skinny jeans, a staple trend
London, Oct 1 (IANS) Fashion trends come and go every season, but there have been particular standout styles over the past few years and one of them is skinny jeans.
 
 
Affleck's kids not interested in 'Batman'
Los Angeles, Oct 1 (IANS) Actor Ben Affleck, who has three children with wife and actor Jennifer Garner, says his kids don't care much about his role as Batman because they prefer Disney's "Frozen" movie.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Asiad taekwondo: Indians knocked out
Incheon, Oct 1 (IANS) India's Nakul Malhotra (+87 kg) and Anand Pandia Rajan (-80 kg) were knocked out of men's quarter-final and Round of 16 matches, respectively, in men's taekwondo competition at the Asian Games...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Skinny jeans, a staple trend
London, Oct 1 (IANS) Fashion trends come and go every season, but there have been particular standout styles over the past few years and one of them is skinny jeans. New research conducted by members at clothing label...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
India clinch women's hockey bronze at Asiad
Incheon, Oct 1 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team put on a spectacular performance to defeat Japan 2-1 and claim the bronze medal at the 17th Asian Games here Wednesday. In a hard-fought playoff, India took an...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Tintu runs out of steam, settles for silver
Incheon, Oct 1 (IANS) It was once again a case of so near and yet so far for India's Tintu Luka who, despite leading in most of the women's 800 metres final race, was overtaken by Kazakhstan's Margarita Mukasheva in...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
New material promises 'perfect' solar absorption
New York, Oct 1 (IANS) Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a material that comes very close to being "ideal" for solar absorption. The material is a 2D metallic dielectric...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Monk posing with iPhone 6 may face disciplinary measures
Bangkok, Oct 1 (IANS) A monk in Vietnam could face disciplinary measures after photos of him posing with an iPhone 6 were posted on Facebook, a Buddhist leader said Wednesday. Thich Thanh Cuong, head of a Buddhist...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Affleck's kids not interested in 'Batman'
Los Angeles, Oct 1 (IANS) Actor Ben Affleck, who has three children with wife and actor Jennifer Garner, says his kids don't care much about his role as Batman because they prefer Disney's "Frozen" movie. The actor is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Tintu Luka wins women's 800m silver
Incheon, Oct 1 (IANS) India's Tintu Luka brought home a silver medal from the women's 800 metres final at the Asian Games here Wednesday. Tintu led most of the race but was overtaken by Kazakhstan's Margarita...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Neil Patrick Harris dares George Clooney
Los Angeles, Oct 1 (IANS) Taking a dig at actor George Clooney's Italian wedding, actor Neil Patrick Harris has dared the Hollywood heartthrob to share his wedding pictures on a talk show. Harris, who got married to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Acupuncture may not improve chronic knee pain
Sydney, Oct 1 (IANS) Among patients older than 50 years with moderate to severe chronic knee pain, acupuncture does not improve discomfort any more than "sham" acupuncture, says a new study. Sham acupuncture is any...
Read more on Business Balla