Dhoom 3 (Screenshot from Official Video)
"Dhoom 3" lead pair Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in "Malang" teaserScreenshot from Official Video

Aamir Khan starrer "Dhoom 3" is set to have a big release in Tamil Nadu.

Sathyam Cinemas will be distributing the Hindi and Tamil versions of "Dhoom 3" in Tamil Nadu. The distributor has booked around 150 screens to release the film. The screen count is likely to increase in the coming days. According to Sify, "Dhoom 3" might release in nearly 200 screens on 20 December.

The action thriller film will have a solo release in northern circuits. However, the film will face strong competition from Tamil releases in the southern state. Karthi's "Biriyani" and Jiiva's "Endrendrum Punnagai" are set to hit the screens on the same day as "Dhoom 3".

Sify reported that "Dhoom 3" will get the best of screens despite new releases in Tamil. The film is likely to release in more number of screens than Shah Rukh Khan's "Chennai Express", as the buzz surrounding "Dhoom 3" is huge in the state.

The "Dhoom" franchise has a fan following in the state. The second installment in the franchise, "Dhoom 2", was a big hit. Even the Tamil dubbed version of the film fared quite well.

"Dhoom 3", the third installment, is expected to make a fantastic opening in Tamil Nadu. The Aamir starrer is expected to break "Chennai Express" record in the state. "Chennai Express", which released on 9 August, turned out to be a blockbuster in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

According to senior film journalist Sreedhar Pillai, "Chennai Express" netted ₹8.55 crore (18 days) in the Tamil Nadu-Kerala area. The film surpassed the collections of previous record holder - "3 Idiots" - which had earned only ₹4.25 crore. As there is huge buzz surrounding "Dhoom 3", the film is likely to surpass "Chennai Express" collections.

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, "Dhoom 3" boasts of an ensemble cast including Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. The action thriller, reportedly made on a budget of ₹150 crore, is produced by Aditya Chopra under his Yash Raj Films banner.