There is still uncertainty looming over the release of Vijay's "Thalaivaa" in Tamil Nadu.
"Thalaivaa" was released worldwide on 9 August except in Tamil Nadu, following bomb threats received by a few theatres in Chennai from an outfit called Tamil Nadu Oppressed Students Revolutionary Force.
Vijay's fans are furious over the delay in the film's release. It was expected that the problems surrounding the film would be solved and it would be released by Friday (9 August) evening. However, "Thalaivaa" failed to make it to the theatres on the scheduled date.
Now, reports have emerged that "Thalaivaa" might get released on 10 August (Saturday). Vendhar Movies, the Tamil Nadu distributors of "Thalaivaa" had posted a message on twitter saying that the film would get released on Saturday.
But, multiplexes like Sathyam Cinemas and PVR have said that there was no information on the release of "Thalaivaa, reported The New Indian Express.
According to a report by Behindwoods, a few single screens in Tamil Nadu have already started screening the film. However, full-fledged screenings are likely to commence from Sunday (11 August) as many multiplexes have allotted "Thalaivaa" slots for Shah Rukh Khan's "Chennai Express" and Bharath's "Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu."
Bharath's film was supposed to hit the theaters on 15 August. But the delay in "Thalaivaa" release has prompted the makers of "Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu" to release the film five days ahead on 10 August.
Bharath posted a message on twitter saying, "Independence Day just came earlier 4 me !Nothing better than a special eid gift from us at 555. Releasing this 10th. After all that festive mood tomorrow don't forget to book your tickets for 555# the movie to be screened near a theatre next to you !"
"To all my friends & critics who r following me to find faults or appreciate me. Vijay any day hands down is my favorite actor & true Thalaivaa. One of the main reason I came down today from goa to chennai was to watch Thalaivaa first day first show," he said.
This is the second time in 2013 that a Tamil film has been stalled ahead of its release in Tamil Nadu. Earlier in January, Kamal Haasan's "Vishwaroopam" was delayed due to certain issues in connection with some Muslim groups. While the spy-thriller film was released in all other parts of India, its release was stalled in Tamil Nadu and in some foreign countries. Following a compromise, "Vishwaroopam" was released two weeks later and was well received by the audience.
The Kamal starrer went on to do good business, raking in more than ₹200 crore at the worldwide box office. It has to be seen if Vijay's "Thalaivaa" will be able to get similar response from the audience.