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Vishwaroopam 2 in pre-production phase

Kamal Haasan says he will soon start shooting for a sequel to his controversial espionage thriller

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Kamal Haasan plans on shooting the sequel to "Vishwaroopam" in India
Tabloid on Saturday

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan Thursday said that the sequel to his magnum opus Vishwaroopam is likely to go on the floors soon.

Vishwaroopam 2 is in its pre-production phase. I’ll start shooting for it very soon,” Haasan, 58, said at the screening of the film here.

The sequel will be completely shot in India. Haasan had hinted about this in the credits of Vishwaroopam, which has hit theatres Thursday in Tamil Nadu after a lot of dilly-dallying due to the protests from Muslim organisations.

The Rs95 crore (Dh65 million) espionage thriller was originally scheduled to release in Tamil and Telugu January 25, but a day before the screenings the Tamil Nadu government imposed a two-week ban on the film after some Muslim groups complained that some scenes in the film portrayed the community in a bad light.

The ban on the film was revoked after Haasan agreed to a truce with Muslim organisations. He was asked to edit a few scenes, which he obliged humbly.

Buoyed by the support from his fans, Haasan said, “I don’t know how I will repay the support and love of my fans. I’m so proud that they maintained harmony in troubled times.”

Vishwaroopam was initially scheduled to release first on Direct-To-Home (DTH) platform before its theatrical release, but Haasan dropped the idea after theatre owners protested.

Haasan, though, says he would like to revisit the idea. “The situation has changed now and I’m hoping for a positive outcome. I’m still in talks with DTH operators, so let’s wait,” he said.

Haasan has written, produced and directed the film, which features him in the title role. It also stars Rahul Bose, Jaideep Ahlawat, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah and Shekhar Kapur.