Actor Kamal Haasan thanked fellow Tamil superstar Rajinikanth for standing by him during the row over Vishwaroopam by arranging a screening of the film at Rajinikanth's home in Chennai on Wednesday.
Kamal Haasan did not watch his film with Rajinikanth. Instead, he attended a separate screening for other celebrities.
Rajinikanth, who co-starred with Kamal Haasan in many Tamil films, stood by his friend and colleague after protests from Muslim groups led to Vishwaroopam being temporarily banned in Tamil Nadu. Rajinikanth had appealed to Muslims in the state saying: "I request Muslim brethren to give up their demand to ban Vishwaroopam. Please discuss with Kamal how to make changes without affecting the storyline."
A source close to Kamal Haasan told IANS: "Yes, Rajini sir is indeed watching Vishwaroopam on Kamal sir's request. Rajini Sir was one of the first actors in Tamil Nadu who spoke up in favour of Kamal sir's film when all the protests broke out. He even offered to do a film free of cost to compensate for the losses suffered by Kamal sir because of the protests. Kamal sir has arranged a screening of Vishwaroopam in the special Auro 3D for Rajni sir."
The ban on Vishwaroopam was lifted after Kamal Haasan agreed to re-edit some scenes and the movie will release in Tamil Nadu today, almost two weeks after its original release date of January 25.
A special screening of the film for the Bollywood fraternity is also being planned in Mumbai. It is expected to be attended by the Bachchans, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, the Roshans and Shatrughan Sinha's family, among many others.
Kamal Haasan stars in Vishwaroopam with Pooja Kumar, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shekhar Kapur and Rahul Bose. He has also written, directed and produced the film.