CHENNAI: Another much-expected Tamil film has run into difficulties, this time from “anti-social elements,” as police call them.
Thalaivaa, the latest movie starring young superstar Vijay and actress Amala Paul, the rage of youth, was to be released on Friday across 450 screens in Tamil Nadu itself apart from over 1,000 screens abroad.
But on Thursday some of the threatres screening it stopped advance booking.
As of Thursday evening, reports said that either it will be pushed to Aug.12 or it will be released only outside Chennai on Friday.
Amid allegations that the Rs3.5 billion film provokes politically, Vijay issued a statement that the film has nothing to do with politics.
“It’s a complete family entertainer with all the necessary ingredients including romance, action and comedy. This is not a political film as some miscreants claim,” said Vijay.
He also points out that the film is not against any political group or individuals. The actor also requested the public not to fall for these rumours.
After the advance booking process was stopped, Theatre Owners Association from Chennai and Chengalpet had a talk and decided not to release Thalaivaa, it was understood.
However, they requested the government support to release the movie by providing police security for all the cinema halls in Chennai and Chengalpet.
Fans of Vijay, fondly called Ilayathalapathi or yound commander, are in a rage.
Theatre owners in Chennai said Devi, Kasi, Mayajaal, Sangam, Abirami and a few more theatres in the metro city were threatened by the “anti-social elements.”
Initially, Thalaivaa was certified U/A by the censor board, which was not accepted by the crew.
Later, the movie went in front of revising committee and got a U with major cuts.
The most anticipated movie of the year, Vijay plays Thalaivaa (the leader) who rules Mumbai underworld.
His Thuppakki (Gun) was one of the biggest grossers last year.
Thalaiva is expected to be an action thriller in the Vijay style.
Its main competition is Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express, a lavish comedy set in Tamil Nadu with a topping of Tamil artistes too.
Thalaiva is directed by AL Vijay, and GV Prakash has scored the music.