They've always been the best of friends and the best of rivals. The two super-icons of Tamil cinema Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have always stood by each other and even counseled their respective fanatic fan clubs to desist from disruptive practices against the other superstar's releases.
Says a source close to Kamal Haasan, "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."
Says Kamal Haasan, "I'm expressing my gratitude to all my colleagues in the Tamil film industry for standing by me. I've a screening at the 6 Degrees theatre in the Auro 3D format for all my friends this evening."
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.
On February 9, Kamal Haasan leaves for Paris for the special French premiere of Vishwaroopam on February 10.