screening in some theatres as early as 6 AM today.
The two-week ban on the spy-thriller, centring around terror, triggered a wave of support for Haasan, who had threatened to go on a self-imposed exile. The actor said he had pledged his house and other property for the Rs 100 crore film.
The Hindi and Telugu versions were released without much ado and Tamil also in Kerala and Karnataka. A Madurai report said the film was released in six theatres in the city and five in rural areas.
City theatre owners said tickets had been booked fully for the next three days.
Haasan fans had thronged theatres from early morning and had decorated them with festoons and buntings to celebrate the movie's release, the report said.