Amid a warm welcome for Vishwaroopam, Tamil star Kamal Haasan thanked his fans for standing by him over the last few days as he fought a legal battle to have his film shown in his home state. Vishwaroopam released in Tamil Nadu on February 7, nearly two weeks after protests from Muslim groups led to the film being temporarily banned.
In an address to the press, Kamal Haasan said: "I have survived because of all of you who took it up as their cause. If there is so much love, I wonder why there are riots. How can our society lead to the ugly side so quickly? I will never be able to repay the love and justice I have been shown. I am fortunate to be loved so much."
Kamal Haasan also thanked his friends and colleagues from the film industry for supporting him while the film was banned: "Would like to thank all my peers who have supported me. Overwhelmed by their love for me."
Among those who spoke up for Kamal Haasan was fellow Tamil star Rajinikanth who urged Muslim groups to end their protests and allow the release of the film. Kamal Haasan arranged a special screening of his film at Rajinikanth's home on February 6.
Kamal Haasan also thanked those of his fans who had offered monetary help after the delay of the film was reported to have lost him money: "People who send me documents of their house, I will be returning them . Very touching."
Vishwaroopam was banned by the Tamil Nadu government on January 24, a day before it was meant to release. Kamal Haasan went to court over the ban but had to agree to re-edit some scenes before the film was allowed to release.
Vishwaroopam is Kamal Haasan's most expensive film and is written, directed and produced by the actor who also stars in it with Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose and Shekhar Kapur.