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 security.
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 releasing.
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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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 follow suit.