The release of Vijay's much-awaited action drama, "Thalaivaa" has been postponed indefinitely in Tamil Nadu after a meeting held by exhibitors and stake holders over threats by political activists.
Vijay fans in Tamil Nadu were disappointed with the delay in the release of the film.
The film was scheduled to release on 9 August along with Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Chennai Express", but theater owners stopped the booking of the film following threat calls from political activists. Some theater owners even received letter with bomb threats on Wednesday.
Film distributors and theater owners had a meeting inside the Producers Council conference hall till 10 pm on Thursday, discussing whether the film could be released on the scheduled date.
"The meeting is still going on and whether Thalaiva will be released is still a suspense," a spokesperson for the production house, Sri Mishri Production, told The Indian Express.
"Theatre owners are worried that their property might be vandalised. There is also a sensitive angle here because there is a hint of politics involved," a distributor added on condition of anonymity.
The theater owners have announced that the ticket amount will be refunded.
Meanwhile, the film has been released in rest of India, including Mumbai, Kerala and Karnataka, and in overseas market as planned. The makers are now worried that the delay in release at home might affect the collections badly.
"Since the movie has already released overseas we have to release the movie immediately or pirated DVDs will flood the market and the box office take will be severely hit," a close associate of Vijay told The Times of India.