The advance booking for Vijay's "Kaththi" in Chennai has been started at 2 pm on Tuesday (October 21). Amidst the protests over the release, the theatre owners have opened the counters to sell the tickets for the opening day.
With the timely intervention of the state government and the support of the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners' Association, "Kaththi" is ready to see the light of the day on Wednesday (22 October). There were fears that the Kollywood movie might be delayed due to the protests of some fringe groups. Especially, after the attack on Sathyam Cinemas last evening by some miscreants over the advance booking, it appeared like the Vijay starrer might not be released.
However, Vijay and the makers of "Kaththi" sought the government's help in solving the issue and the authorities responded positively to their request. Thus, the film is ready for the release as scheduled. The advance booking, which was started at some places last week, has opened on Tuesday in all the leading theatres and multiplexes in Chennai.
Archana Kalapathi of AGS Cinemas announced the happy news as she wrote, "#Kaththi issues are resolved . Bookings will open in 10 min @ags_cinemas . Excited to get my tickets for #Fdfs."
The most encouraging tweet came from Sathyam Cinemas, which was attacked by the pro-Tamil groups last evening. The theatre authorities announced the commencement of the opening of advance booking by posting, "It's here! #Kaththi bookings opening at 2:00 PM at all cinemas! Book your tickets now!" The pre-booking will begin throughout the state soon.
Meanwhile, "Kaththi" will be released sans the name of the production house – Lyca Productions. Bowing down to the demand of the pro-Tamil outfits, the makers have decided to do away with its name. After Vijay released a statement thanking former Chief Minister Jayalalitha, the government, police and the producers, the situation seem to have calmed down.
However, the protestors have continued their fight and the outfits say that they will fight the issue in a democratic way by sitting dharnas in front of theatres.