Vijay's "Thalaivaa" has received a "U" certificate from the revising committee, but the makers have been asked to make two minor cuts in the film.
Confirming the news, senior journalist Sreedhar Pillai tweeted, "#Thalaivaa Update - Revising Committee clears film with 'U' certificate subject 2 some minor cuts. Release confirmed for August 9 worldwide."
Earlier, "Thalaivaa" had received a "UA" certificate from the regional censor board, subjecting the makers to pay entertainment tax. A film that receives a "UA" or "A" certificate has to pay entertainment tax of 30 percent. Those films that have a "U" certificate are given a tax waiver.
The makers of "Thalaivaa", which received a "UA" certificate, approached the revision committee for a change in the rating from "UA" to "U". The committee on Thursday (1 August) cleared the film with a "U" certificate on condition that there should be two minor cuts in the film.
The Vijay starrer has been confirmed for a worldwide release on 9 August. "Thalaivaa" is one of the most-awaited films of 2013, thanks to Vijay's star power. The action entertainer is directed by AL Vijay of "Madarasapattinam" and "Deiva Thirumagal" fame. Amala Paul, Sathyaraj, Santhanam and Rajeev Pillai appear in supporting roles.
The audio and trailer launch, which happened a day ahead of Vijay's birthday last month, has kindled the curiosity of film buffs. His previous release "Thuppakki" was a massive hit worldwide. The film reportedly made slightly over ₹125 crore at the box office. This has led to huge expectations for "Thalaivaa", produced by Chandraprakash Jain of Sri Mishri Productions. The producer is confident that "Thalaivaa", which is set to have a solo big release, will outperform "Thuppakki" collections and emerge as big winner.
"Thalaivaa" is being dubbed in Telugu as "Anna Born to Lead" and it will release simultaneously with the Tamil version. The Eid weekend will help the film get a good opening in India.
The film is set for a huge clash with other-language films in overseas markets.