Kamal Haasan adamant on DTH release for Vishwaroop
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Watching the film at home and in a theatre are two different experiences. Film piracy takes away more money from the distributors than this. At least with DTH, viewers will pay the money for watching the film — Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan returns to Hindi films after a very long gap. His much-awaited Vishwaroop is slated to release on January 11 next year. However currently the film has been in the news for its DTH release on the same day as its theatrical release and how multiplexes are against it while single screenings are in its favour.
At a press conference held in Mumbai, the versatile actor-film-maker came casually dressed in a yellow tee shirt and jeans, with his team comprising music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, cinematographer Sanu Varghese, heroines Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah, actor Jaideep Ahlawat and writer Atul Tiwari, to meet the media.
Kamal Haasan spoke about the making of the film and also his firm decision to release the film on DTH, which has never been done before. He said he shall go ahead with the release of the film on satellite pay-per-view in India on the same day as the official release and added that people can watch the film in their homes a day before its theatrical release. Since distributors are not in favour of this as they feel it will hamper their business, the film-maker is in Mumbai to sort out the issue. However, he feels it will not take away the film watching experience. "Watching the film at home and in a theatre are two different experiences. Film piracy takes away more money from the movie distributors than this. At least here people will pay money for watching the film," he reasoned adding that the theatres are not likely to suffer. "Going to watch a film in the theatre is like a habit. Irrespective of whether we see the film at home or not, we would still go to theatres, so there's nothing to lose. I think DTH is a great way of monetising the film to a better level and the theatre-goers will always keep the big screen release in demand," explained the actor.
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