எழுதியவர். எ. சுப்பிரமணி!
Irked over the delay of Vishwaroopam, Kamal Haasan's latest flick, on DTH, a fan writes to apprise the actor how he felt cheated.
Dear Padmashri Mr Kamal Haasan,
I am writing this representing the collective and the rightful indignation of thousands of your fans who shelled out sums ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1,200 to watch the so-called pre-release premiere of your film 'Vishwaroopam' on DTH.
Mr Kamal, I am the head of a family of four and, just like you, Rajni and Barack Obama, I too have two daughters. We restrict our only for such as Enthiran and Avatar for . And the moment you unveiled Vishwaroopam, we decided that the film fell in that category and that we all should book tickets in a swanky theatre for a quality entertainment. We, of course, were aware that such an experience comes with a fat price tag.
But, then, you started talking about pre-release of the V-film on DTH. You did everything right to promote your film. You got the audio CD released by a physically disabled fan. Your appearance on a hugely popular TV show as guest was a mega hit among children. You spoke so well that many children, as those in my family, prevailed upon their fathers to book a slot on DTH. You spoke as to how you spent Rs 95 crore on the movie, and how it is your right to choose the medium of release. You even claimed that you already had 390 theatres under your kitty to release the film after its .
Then you visited the Chennai city police commissioner's office, with your publicist in tow, complaining of certain threats. Even when my Editor doubted whether it was a publicity stunt, I, quite naively, defended you, saying, "no, boss. It looks like against the theatre lobby."
When dragged you to high court demanding refund of Rs 4 crore it had apparently paid you as advance for a still-born film and sought to stall Vishwaroopam's release, your advocate-brother and your goodself filed a counter explaining the economics behind film-making. You said the failed deal cost you Rs 40 crore. You won the case, Mr Kamal, as the court dismissed the suit.
Then, convinced that you will stand by your resolve to give us a pre-theatre release experience of the V-film at 9.30pm on January 10, I paid up not Rs 1,000 but an apex fare of Rs 1,200. While I had decided to return early for the advertisement-free entertainment that night, my children decided to stay up for the rendezvous.
Well, Mr Kamal, today is January 10. Where is the film? And, more importantly, where is my money?
On Wednesday, you again appeared in TV, your publicist in tow, telling us that the release date has been postponed and that you would try to release the film simultaneously on DTH and theatres. You said your money is at stake and that you felt cheated.
Hold on, Mr Kamal, you are mouthing my dialogue. It is we, having signed up for the DTH rendezvous, who should be complaining that we had been betrayed, my children disappointed and our money stolen from our wallets. When my daughter asked me, "daddy, is Kamal uncle cheating us?" I defended you and tried hard to explain her the business matrix behind your failure. But it did not wipe off her disappointment entirely.
Remember the Baaba days of superstar Rajnikanth. Riding high on his popularity wave in 2002, they slapped an entry fee on Rajni fans, merchandised his pictures and even banned his fans from using his images without 'authorisation'. They sought to metamorph a people's star into a body corporate, a Rajni Inc. The film bombed -- of course not because fans failed Rajni. It was vice versa.
But more than grieving over the failure of their superstar's film, Rajni fans felt betrayed.
Kamal fans and those who hold him aloft as the pride of Indian cinema are now engulfed in the same sense of betrayal. I know people who bought new DTH because of Vishwaroopam. Now the set top box in their hall will grimly remind them of the betrayal. You may say it is all beyond your limits and that you too lost to the theatre lobby, but we put the money in an unknown service provider's kitty believing your words.
Two things are clear. One, you have got tons of free publicity for your film and you are sure to reap a bumper harvest. Two, you proved my Editor right.
Now, Mr Kamal, tell us how are you going to help us get back the money?
இதுபோல் டி ட்டி எச் காரன் அவன் இவன்னு பலரும் பிரச்சினை செய்ய வாய்ப்பிருக்கு. எனக்கென்னவோ ஆழம் தெரியாமல் கமல் காலை விட்ட மாதிரித்தான் இருக்கு.
ஆனால், இப்போவும் கமலஹாசன் பேசுவதைப் பார்த்தால் இன்னும் அடங்கிறமாரி தெரியலை! He has not apologized to anyone! He just blames others!