Popular Tamil actor Vijay's much-awaited movie Thalaivaa was stalled in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry even as the movie already hit the screens worldwide.
The movie, slated for release on August 9, hit a roadblock following objections by a man called Karnan, hailing from Tirunelveli in the state, who claimed that it
was based on the life of his grandfather S S Kandaswamy and
his father S K Ramaswamy who live in Dharavi in Mumbai.
A few theatres in Chennai also received bomb threats from
a little known outfit Tamil Nadu Oppressed Students
Revolutionary Force, who supported the arguments of Karnan,
prompting the theatre owners to cancel bookings, which began
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu police clarified in a press release hat they had nothing to do with deferring the release of the film. Any delay or deferment is not at the instance of the police. "The decision to release and the date of release are within the domain of the film industry," stated the police statement.
To those who booked tickets over the counter were asked to
come to the theatre and collect their money. Refund for
tickets booked online would be done directly to their account,
sources in theatre owner's association said.
"Discussions between theatre owners association and the
government officials were progressing for the release of the
movie," they said.
The movie was expected to hit around 500 theatres in Tamil
Nadu and Puducherry. While popular Sathyam theatre in Chennai
has cancelled the booking for the film. AGS Cinemas said "due
to unavoidable reasons, Thalaiva movie has been cancelled.
We will update about the release shortly."
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were
also abuzz with the news.
The movie's official webpage said, "We can update about
Thalaivaa release in Tamil Nadu only after we get some
updates. Be patient. Thanks for all your support".
The lead actress in the movie Amala Paul tweeted, "Praying
along with the whole unit and Vijay fans that Thalaivaa will
hit the big screen soon."
The movie's music director G V Prakash Kumar added, "Hope
the Government will understand and give us permission to
release Thalaivaa in Tamil Nadu."
National award winning actor Dhanush extended his support
to the movie saying, "What happened to Thalaivaa is unfair. I
wish they show this kind of effort in making this country a
better place to live than just to ban a film."
-With inputs from PTI