Vijay's "Jilla" has been confirmed for a Pongal release, according to senior film journalist Sreedhar Pillai. [Also Read: "Jilla" First Look Releasing on Diwali]
Earlier, it was reported that "Jilla" will be released in February 2014. Latest we hear is that Vijay and the film's producer RB Chowdhary want the film to be released on Pongal as their past film "Thirupaachi", which hit screens during the harvest festival, raked in good collections at the box office.
"Thirupaachi", which revolves around a brother-sister bonding, turned out to be a massive hit in Vijay's career. Considering the film's success, the actor-producer duo is eyeing 2014 Pongal release for "Jilla".
Confirming the news, Sreedhar tweeted, "#Jilla is confirmed 4 Pongal 2014. Vijay- RB Chowdhary r sentimental about Pongal date (Thirupaachi)."
This could mean that the Vijay-starrer will be heading for a big showdown with Ajith's "Veeram", which is also slated for a Pongal release. Interestingly, their films will clash after a span of seven years. The last time their films clashed was in 2007 when Vijay's "Pokkiri" and Ajith's "Alwar" were released.
Directed by debutant RT Nesan, "Jilla" has Kajal Aggarwal playing female lead and the other cast members include Mohanlal, Poornima Bhagyaraj and Mahat Raghavendra.
Mohanlal's sudden health issues were a setback for the "Jilla" team. Professional to the core, he has cancelled his shoots for a new Malayalam film and has allotted the dates to complete his portions for "Jilla". The film is touted to be an action entertainer with all the commercial elements one would expect in a Vijay film.
Directed by "Siruthai" Siva, Ajith's "Veeram" is deemed as a commercial entertainer. The film has Tamannah playing the female lead for the first time in an Ajith starrer. The other cast members include Vidharth, Vidyulekha Raman, Ramesh Khanna, Santhanam, Bala and Pradeep Rawat.