The movie was scheduled to release on August 9, but Chennai
theatres received a bomb threat from a student's union, following
which they refused to release the movie without the police
Vijay's fans across Tamil Nadu were eagerly waiting for
Thalaivaa's release. It is also said that one of his fans
from Coimbatore committed suicide, when he heard the movie is not
All these incidences disturbed Ilayathalapthy and
Thalaivaa crew and they requested Tamil Nadu government to
solve the issue. Finally with the intervention of Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J Jaylalitha, the movie cleared all its hurdle for the
release and hit nearly 405 screens across the state.
The industry experts also said that this is the huge response
for a movie that is releasing 11 days after its worldwide release
and that too on a working day.
Ilayathalapthy fans who were peacefully waiting for
Thalaivaa welcomed the movie in the traditional manner.
Fans queued up from six in the morning, brought the film's reel on
a chariot, and danced to celebrate the film's peaceful release here
on Tuesday (Aug 20).
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Vijay Fans Celebrate
Vijay fans poured milk on huge cut-outs of the actor, garlanded
his posters and banners and danced to the beats of folk
Thalaivaa On Chariot
It's a ritual to carry the reel of Vijay's films on a chariot.
They danced all the way from the temple to the theatre.
They wanted to set up everything before the release of the film.
Most of Vijay's fans wore t-shirts with his image on it and were
dancing to his songs.
Thalaivaa Cleared Its Hurdle
Thalaivaa got a green signal after its makers agreed to
drop the tagline - Time to Lead - from its publicity stills and
promotions for reasons unknown. The film released peacefully across
the state Tuesday.
We didn't have any problem since morning. It has been a very
smooth release. In some of the big and old theatres, police were
deployed to ensure that fans maintain decorum.
Mayajaal, one of the biggest multiplexes in the city, is running
50 shows of Thalaivaa. They say that hey have about 85-90
percent occupancy from yesterday.
Theatre Owners Expect
Theatre owners expect the crowd will drastically increase in the
next few days and will be packed during the weekend.
Trade Pundits Says
Thalaivaa is likely to collect between Rs 5 crore and
Rs 10 crore. Vijay's recent films have managed to reap gold on the
release day in Tamil Nadu, and Thalaivaa will surely