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The overseas theatrical rights of Ajith's forthcoming movie, which is presently referred to as "Thala 57," are in huge demand. Going by the latest buzz, it is likely to be sold for a record price.

The trade reports say that many buyers have come forward to acquire the overseas rights and someone has already offered above Rs. 15 crore for it. The talks are still on and the film makers have not sealed the deal yet.

It is said that the makers are likely to finish off the deal as soon as anything above Rs. 15 crore is secured, the best price for an Ajith film. His previous flick "Vedalam" had fetched Rs. 11 crore for the producer from the overseas rights.

Rajinikanth's "Kabali" is in the top position with the overseas rights of the flick being sold for Rs. 34 crore  and his "Lingaa" is in the second position by fetching Rs. 21 crore. Vijay's latest movie is said to be acquired by Arun Pandian's A & P groups for a little over Rs. 16 crore.

Kollywood has the second biggest overseas market after Bollywood. The estimated market for Tamil films is worth around Rs. 250 crore. Malaysia, U.S., U.K., Singapore, Middle East and Europe are some of the big centres for Tamil movies.

The movies of big stars releases in over 30 countries and Rajinikanth's recent film "Kabali" saw the light of the day in 42 countries.

Meanwhile, the shooting of "Thala 57" is happening at a brisk pace in Europe. The film, which is written and directed by Siruthai Siva, is bankrolled by Sathyajyothi Films. The film has Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan in the female leads.