Close on the heels of Simbu, who was pressurised to give a Tamil title to his last-released film Osthe, it is now the turn of Kamal Haasan to face the wrath of Hindu Makkal Katchi.
Some time ago, the song Kannodu Kannai Kalandhal penned and rendered by the Ulaganayagan for his Manmadhan Ambu, was removed from the film after the HMK created a ruckus about its explicit sexual references.
Now, his magnum opus Viswaroopam, which is directed by the star himself and is soon to hit the marquee, has run into title trouble.
According to HMK, the self-proclaimed champions of the Tamil cause, Viswaroopam is a Sanskrit word and Kamal Haasan, who has taken Tamil cinema to global levels, should have only Tamil titles for his films.
“When you live in Tamil Nadu and have made your name and fame through Tamil films, why do you want to go against the language? Kamal has been a role model to thousands of aspiring actors in the industry.
Hence, he should consider our request for changing the name Viswaroopam and keep an original Tamil name, setting an example for others.
We are confident that Kamal will understand our appeal in the proper perspective — after all, we are talking in the interest of upholding the Tamil language,” explains Kannan of HMK. He also revealed that they have already sent a letter to Kamal about the issue.
Sources suggest that since the name Viswaroopam is derived from Sanskrit, it may not get entertainment tax waiver from the government.
The film’s promos have already begun in a big way, and it needs to be seen whether Kamal will opt for a name change!