The untold truth about Kamal Haasan’s Viswaroopam

Kamal Viswaroopam onlocation still
Kamal Haasan @ Viswaroopam onlocation still

Known for his elaborate planning prior to launching a project, it appears that actor Kamal Haasan has never planned as badly as this time. His upcoming film Viswaroopam has been mired into one controversy or the other ever since it was announced and even after the launch, it doesn’t appear to be proceeding at a great pace.

Selvaraghavan was to first direct the film but due to the ‘misunderstanding’ which crept between Kamal and Selvaa, the latter opted out of the film. After quitting the film, Selvaa reportedly cast Richa Gangopadhyay (who had been cast as one of the three heroines by Kamal for his film) as his heroine in the recently-released Mayakkam Enna opposite Dhanush.

Selvaa’s act of ‘taking away’ Richa from his film probably didn’t go down well with Kamal who then tried to cast Bollywood’s Sonakshi Sinha in her place. The choice then fell on Shriya Saran, Anushka and finally fell on Punjab-born Pooja Kumar, who lives in U.S. and was crowned ‘Miss India-USA’ in 1995. For your record, the 34-year old Pooja Kumar debuted as heroine in Tamil films with Kaadhal Rojave in 2000.

Andrea Jermaiah is the other heroine who is presently shooting along with Pooja Kumar and others in Jordan for the film’s second schedule. Rumours float in Kollywood to the effect that the reason for Kamal signing up Andrea is that the latter has let the former know many things about Selvaa.