This is my first at a descriptive narrative. So please bear with me. ----------------------------------------- The release Viswaroopam has seem such a hype, that was never heard of before. The first controversy was the simultaneous rather premier release in DTH. Bringing the movie directly to home audiences. Perhaps Kamal understood that the release in theater's might have caused controversy. Jokes apart, the next controversy was that the movie showed Muslims in a bad light. The third one was, that the movie's TV contract wasn't given to leading TV channel, known to support the ruling party. All controversies aside, Kamal has done a great job. After watching this movie one must have utmost respect for Kamal the artist. Kamal's usual self directed stuff are always exaggerated and are frankly boring or simply bad, for example Hey Ram, Mumbai Express. But controversy is not new for Kamal. Even before this his movies have seen a host of conspiracies. Be it Manmadan Ambu, which caught the Hindu ire, as a result a song was deleted. Or Virumandi, originally titled Sandiyar, which lead to protest from the respective castes. If at all this has lent a hype to Kamal's movies. A word about the riots that happened. Tamil Nadu has known to be pretty secular. The movie was released without any protests in other centres where there some communal disharmony without any hassles. So the cause of riots certainly looks suspicous. And for all those who protested, free speech or not, all protesting Muslims have clearly meant that they in no way support the radical movements that has sprung in the other parts of the world,especially our nearest neighbors. If anything at all this protest must be seen as a positive. It is a clear indication that they do not support the extremism, that has surfaced in the name of religion. A major positive for secularism in India. About the movie, Kamal has diminished the line between Hollywood movies and Indian movies. Although in some parts the Computer Generated Images appear obvious, in most parts he has done justice. His portrayal of Afghanistan is like never before, even better than many western movies. I watched the highly edited version, so couldn't understand some sequences of the movie. ------------------------- Also on a personal note, I watched the movie with three Muslim friends.