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Madras high court refuses to stay release of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam 2

A multinational production company, which has sued Kamal Haasan for allegedly reneging on a deal to make another film, had prayed for the stay.

Manigandan KR

There is good news for actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan. His Vishwaroopam 2, it seems, will be released tomorrow as scheduled.

In a boost to the veteran star-turned-politician, the Madras high court today refused to stay the release of his film.

Pyramid Saimira, a multinational entertainment company, had filed a plea against the film's actor-director-producer Kamal Haasan, urging the court to stay the release as he owes it money.

In its plea, the company said it had entered into a memorandum of understanding with Rajkamal Films International, in which Kamal Haasan is a partner, in 2008 to co-produce the film Marmayogi at a cost of Rs100 crore.

The deal was that Kamal Haasan would act in the film while directing it and also write the story, screenplay and dialogues. Pyramid Saimira Productions claimed that it released a sum of Rs10.90 crore in two instalments to Rajkamal Films International as part of the deal.

"However, the actor, instead of using the funds to make the movie, used it to make another movie called Unnaipol Oruvan (2009). A case pertaining to this dispute has already been filed and is pending in court. In these circumstances, the actor has now produced a film called Vishwaroopam 2 and is releasing it on 10 August," the petitioner had stated, praying for an injunction restraining Kamal Haasan from releasing the film pending disposal of the suit.

However, the court refused to grant any such stay and dismissed the civil suit.