The much anticipated movie Vijay starrer Thalaivaa which released on August 9 got a grand opening across the globe, expect in its home Tamil Nadu. The theaters' decision has become a big loss for the crew. On the other hand, the decision is benefiting Shahrukh Khan starrer Chennai Express which was released on the same day.
Chennai Express starring Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone was well received in Tamil Nadu. On Wednesday, advance booking for Thalaivaa was stopped in many theaters due to a bomb threats from a Student Union called, Oppressed Students Revolutionary Force. The Union claimed that money invested on Thalaivaa has been earned by exploiting students of SRM group of educational institutions, which also owns Vendhar Movies.
Thalaivaa's producer Chandra Prakash Jain and director AL Vijay received a notice from Chennai City Civil Court, on the grounds of the petition filed by SKR Karnan. He claimed that Thalaivaa story is based on the life of grandfather SS Kandaswamy and father SSK Ramaswamy who lived in Dharavi, Mumbai. The petitioner alleged that they worked for the sake of people and did social service, but the movie has depicted them in the poor light.
These two controversies of Thalaivaa became a boon for Shahrukh's Chennai Express. As many theatres decided to refund the money, people preferred to watch Chennai Express as it was also released on the same day (Aug 9). Sources say that tickets for Hindi movies do not sell like hot cakes in Tamil Nadu similar to those for Tamil movies.
Thalaivaa release controversies has been opposed by many Tamil film stars. They are supporting the movie in social networking sites.
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