Unnai Pol Oruvan finally release today

WITH the Madras High Court clearing the route of any legal hurdles for the present on Thursday evening, Kamal Haasan’s Unnai Pol Oruvan, a remake of Bollywood hit film, A Wednesday is now all set for release today.

Having been made in Tamil and Telugu, the film will release in about 500 screens in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, besides a few other regions in both the domestic and overseas markets.

Passing an order on an appeal by Kamal Haasan and his production house, Rajkamal Films International, Justice Rajasurya of the Madras High Court asked the star and his production house to furnish security in the form of cash, immovable property or any other legal assets to the extent of 50 per cent of the claimed amount of Rs 7.82 crore, on or before September 30, 2009.

Failing which an injunction restraining the star and his production house from screening the movie will come into effect from October 1, 2009. The Chennai-based Pyramid Saimira Theatres filed the writ petition before the court.

Kamal Haasan’s own production house, Rajkamal Films International has produced the movie in association with UTV Motion Pictures, which held the rights for A Wednesday. Incidentally, the phase also marks the 50th year of Kamal Haasan’s entry into films, as his first film as child artiste, Kalathur Kannama was released around this time in 1959.

Rajkamal Films International has brought out two versions of the A Wednesday in Tamil as well as in Telugu at a total estimated budget of Rs 24 crore, without taking into consideration the remuneration of Kamal Haasan. While the Tamil version features Kamal Haasan and veteran Malayalam leading star, Mohan Lal in the pivotal roles, the Telugu version has Kamal Haasan and one of Tollywood’s leading stars, Venkatesh.

It was a smooth sailing for the film crew, which was also thrilled by the fact that the film is releasing around the same time when the film industry is gearing up to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the star’s entry into the industry. Incidentally, Sruthi Haasan, the veteran star’s daughter has scored the music for both the versions.

But trouble started a few days back, with Pyramid Saimira Theatres moving the Madras High Court seeking to prevent the release of Unnai Pol Oruvan until Kamal Haasan and Rajkamal International repay an estimated Rs 7.82 crore owed to the former by the latter.

Pyramid Saimira contended that they had paid the money as advance to the star and his production house for making Marmayogi. And also claimed that the star was supposed not to make any other film, until he completed their commitment.

dgovardan@mydigitalfc.com

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