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Vishwaroopam DTH dispute rumbles on

Following the postponement of the direct-to-home (DTH) release of his movie Vishwaroopam, which was due to take place before the theatrical release, actor-director-producer Kamal Haasan has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), accusing industry bodies of restricting the release of the production.

Theatre owners and various associations protested after DTH companies Airtel, Dish, Videocon and Reliance were due to screen Vishwaroopam on 10 January, a day before the theatrical release.

“We have received a complaint from Kamal Haasan against theatre associations trying to restrict the release of Vishwaroopam on theatres because of his plans to launch it on DTH first. We are looking into it and may soon pass an interim order,” a senior CCI official told Business Standard.

According to reports, Haasan has also cancelled the licences given to DTH companies for airing it and the movie will now hit the screens of theatres first. However, the date of the release is yet to be finalised.

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