Tamil movie Thalaivaa did not release in Tamil Nadu for some reasons. But it hit the screens in other states including Karnataka and other parts of the world without any hurdle. The Kollywood movie has got a wonderful start at the Box Office. More importantly, it rocked at the Bangalore Box Office in spite of facing a tough competition from other releases.
As the movie did not release in Tamil Nadu, fans of Vijay were forced to go to other states to watch Thalaivaa. The prime destination for the people from Chennai, Hosur and border regions were Bangalore. Hence, the movie got an earth-shattering response in this part of the world. In the Garden City, the film was released in above 26 screens.
We spoke to a few fans at some theatres and multiplexes. A fan named Aditya said, "We are very disappointed because our star Vijay's Thalaivaa was not released in Tamil Nadu. I always make sure that I watch the Vijay movies on the release day. But this time, I could not see his flick on the first day. Hence, I decided to come down to Bangalore."
A fan named Ramya claims, "When I realised that Thalaivaa was not releasing in Tamil Nadu, instead of wasting time, I came to Bangalore. I had a wonderful time watching the movie here." Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
"We love Bangalore because it is a best example for a cosmopolitan atmosphere. I was happy to watch Thalaivaa with my Kannada-speaking friends," a cine-goer named Shankar told us.
Thalaivaa Watched By Kannadigas
Not only Tamilians, but Kannadigas too watched the movie. We caught a cine-goer at a single screen who said, "I am a Kannadiga and like millions, I watch other language movies. I am fan of Vijay. I came with a bunch of friends to watch the movie."
On asking whether he has seen other releases, he replied, "I saw Kannada movie Tony on the release day. I am yet to watch Chennai Express." His statement clearly shows that Kannadigas does not have any barrier and will watch non-Kannada movies too.
Thalaivaa Rules Bangalore BO
Coming back to the Box Office, early reports suggest that Thalaivaa has done great business in Bangalore. All three days, the movie ran into packed houses in single screens and multiplexes.
Increase In Screenings
Multiplexes had increased the number of screenings in the first weekend. To meet the demand, the distributor was forced to increase the screenings.
Thalaivaa is distributed by Boopal Reddy of Aditi Brunda. He acquired the theatrical rights of Karnataka for a good price.
Thalaivaa is directed by AL Vijay. Vijay, Amala Paul, Sathyaraj and Santhanam are in the key roles. The film is produced by Chandra Prakash Jain.
Thalaivaa has opened up to mixed reviews from critics and audience. But it has not affected the collections in the first weekend.
Thalaivaa is facing competition from Hindi movie Chennai Express, which stars Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Sathyaraj.
Kannada Movie Tony
Kannada movie Tony starring Srinagar Kitty and Aindrita Ray also affected Thalaivaa to some extent as the Sandalwood movie got positive response from audience and critics.