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Vishwaroopam (2013) Poster

(2013)

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No other movie has generated much controversy in the history of Indian cinema for the past 50 years or so. Initially bogged down by DTH release, later by ban; Vishwaroopam should be the only movie to have multiple releases (a belated release in its native state). The movie first had a Worldwide release on January 25, 2013, then in North India (Hindi) on February 1, 2013 and followed by Tamilnadu on February 7, 2013. This hampered its collections very badly. Mr. Chandrahassan reported that the delay in release resulted in a loss of around 40-60 crores for Raj Kamal International. An interesting fact is that even though DVD's were freely available in the market prior to its release in Tamilnadu, people were unwilling to watch the movie in DVD's and preferred to watch the movie only at theaters. This clearly shows the respect that people have for Kamal Haasan.
The character of Wisam is a reference to Arjuna in Mahabarath, more specifically the Virata Phase. This is a period in Mahabarath when the Pandavas had to spend their last year in exile in disguise. They live in a different country where they can be recognized. Arjuna takes the guise of a eunuch and teaches dance and song to the girls of the king. This is what exactly Wiz's character does as Vishwanth.
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In TV news shown when Obama talks about Taliban's momentum being broken, the news flash below says "Petroleum prices increased by 3%", hinting at the war on oil perspective.
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In Wiz/Vishwanath's residence a black two sided statue can be seen. On one side is a king and other side is a queen. In the kathak sequence, the statue is placed against the mirror showing both sides of the statue in the same frame. It represents the role of Wiz in the movie, with double identities: effeminate dancer, and brutal RAW agent.
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The Nigerian is shown shaving his hair before preparing for the bomb explosion. This is common practice observed by terrorists of a certain faith, believing that they'll be clean while entering the heaven.
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This is the first Indian film to be mixed in Auro 3D, a 11.1 surround sound format.
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Trilingual filmed in Hindi (as Vishwaroop), Telugu and Tamil. All actors had to learn their dialogues in all 3 languages.
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While shooting in the United States, the production shot under the title "Blue Falcon" to keep the secrecy of the plot and sets away from paparazzi and fans of Kamal Haasan.
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Director Selvaraghavan was expected to direct this film but dropped out.
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Initially, music director Yuvan Shankar Raja was reported to compose the musical score of the film. But later Kamal Haasan selected Shankar-Ehsan-Loy to compose the music.
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A major hunt was on for the heroine and several changes were made. Names right from Sonakshi Sinha to Vidya Balan to Sameera Reddy were buzzed for this spot whereas Pooja Kumar bagged the role.
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Initially it was decided to release the movie in DTH service before releasing it in theatres.
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Actress Shriya Saran was initially cast for the Ashmita role. But later Andrea was selected by Kamal Haasan.
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Banned in certain parts of India even after being censored for offending Islamic sentiments by the Tamil Nadu government after protests from a few religious organizations. A couple of days later, an out of court settlement was reached, but by that time it had been illegally downloaded over a million times.
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The movie had few plot inspirations from Ridley Scott's 2008 espionage thriller Body Of Lies starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russel Crowe.
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