Vijay's action drama, "Thalaivaa", which was set to hit the screens on Eid along with "Chennai Express", is reportedly facing problem with some political activists allegedly threatening theatres owners not to screen the film.
The advance booking of the Tamil action drama, which started on Monday, was going in full swing, but theaters including multiplexes and single screens stopped the booking of the film on Wednesday following threat calls from political activists, according to reports.
Political activists have reportedly threatened theater owners not to screen Vijay's directorial film.
"The tickets for most shows for Friday and Saturday were sold out in most theatres in the city, but since afternoon all theatres have blocked advance booking for Thalaivaa because they are being threatened by political activists," a source from the industry told IANS.
"According to these activists, the film is taking a political dig at some sensible issues, which has not gone down well with these members," he added.
There are also reports claiming that nine well-known theatres have received letter with bomb threats on Tuesday night. Representatives of Inox Cinemas, Satyam Cinemas and Devi Cineplex have approached police with the letter on Wednesday, Deccan Chronicle reported.
However, Vijay refuting rumours maintained that his film would release on scheduled date i.e. on 9 August. He also said that his film is a completely family entertainer and not a political drama.
"The film is releasing on August 9 amidst huge expectations. Few theatres have blocked the bookings temporarily. The producers are now in the middle of a trade related meeting and are expected to sort out the issue by today evening," Vijay said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the distributors in the overseas market will not delay the release of the film.
"#Thalaivaa overseas distributors have the prints in their hand, will start shows within a few hours irrespective of happenings in TN," senior journalist Sreedhar Pillai tweeted.