After a delay of over a week, "Thalaivaa" is finally released in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday (20 August).
Advance bookings for "Thalaivaa" are high and the film is expected to make a good opening on the first day. The delay in its release has generated a lot of buzz among film lovers.
The action drama has already made it to the theatres in other Indian states as well as in overseas markets. Despite mixed reviews, the film has performed well at the domestic and international box offices.
"Thalaivaa" is expected to score big at the Tamil Nadu box office as it is the home ground for Vijay. The actor enjoys a massive fan following in the south Indian state.
"Thalaivaa" has released in around 405 screens across the state. "#Thalaivaa Total number of screens in TN = 405. Huge for a film releasing 11 days after its worldwide release & that too on a working day!" senior film journalist Sreedhar Pillai tweeted.
The Dolby Atmos version of the film (for better cinema sound experiences) will be shown in four screens in Tamil Nadu - Sathyam, Escape, Mayajaal and The Cinema.
Fans have been eagerly waiting to see "Thalaivaa" ever since the film was announced. The delay in its release, owing to threats faced by theatre owners, had caused major disspointement among fans. Following this, actor Vijay released an official statement urging his fans to remain calm until the film gets released.
The issue surrounding the film's release was finally resolved and the action drama flick saw the light of day on Tuesday. Fans celebrated the film's release in several theatres. Some of them went a step further and brought "Thalaivaa" reel box to Chennai's Udhayam theatre in a massive chariot.
Directed by AL Vijay, "Thalaivaa" boasts of an interesting star cast including Vijay, Amala Paul, Sathyaraj, Santhanam, Nassar, Ponvannan, Rajeev Pillai and Abhimanyu Singh. The film's storyline is about a common man who turns into a leader following the death of his father.
"Thalaivaa" is one of the most-awaited films of 2013, as Vijay's earlier release "Thuppakki" was a massive blockbuster and reportedly grossed more than ₹150 crore at the worldwide box office. It remains to be seen if "Thalaivaa" would be able to gross higher than "Thuppakki."