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Surya - the king of Diwali

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    By: Settu Shankar
    Friday, November 16, 2007

    It"s official. Finally a winner has emerged from the Box Office this Diwali and it is none other than Surya. The Surya – Asin starrer 'Vel' is placed well on the top of Kollywood box office charts. Its first week collection has set a new record and the advance booking of the film is still continuing in Chennai theaters even a week after its release. This typical Hari film with sentiment, comedy, fire like action and emotions in right proportions are the reasons behind the film being a super hit.

    In Chennai City, Shahrukh Khan starrer Om Shanti Om still maintained its superiority over Tamil films at the end of the first week after Diwali. Here is the list of top-5 films of this week:

    Vel: Director- Hari. The positive word of mouth talk about the film and the family based action story is well suited to Surya"s stature. For distributors and exhibitors, Vel is the undisputed winner from among the Diwali releases this week. Particularly in B and C centers, the film is running like a 'Jallikattu Bull' and makes is making Surya a Box Office mass hero.

    Azhagiya Tamil Magan: Director- Bharathan. Though the director worked hard to portray Vijay in different look and style, he failed to give a solid foundation via the script. AR Rehman's excellent tunes and Vijay's thrilling dances in the films songs is keeping the interest of the viewers and keeping them glued to the film. At the end of the first week, ATM is in the second position but one can assure that it wont be the same place in the next week.

    Pollathavan: Director – Vetrimaaran. The debutant director's different approach, Dhanush"s realistic look and underplay in performance makes the film watchable. The film is slowly picking up after positive word of mouth and aggressive publicity.

    Kannamoochi Enada: Director- Priya V. Produced by Radaan Media Works and directed by Priya V, it is a light romantic comedy inspired from the Hollywood film. But what made this film remain one of the lower names is that the director has not used the story and the actors well enough to get the best out of them. However Sathyaraj, Prithviraj and Radhika performed with ease thus making the movie watchable. Chances are few that the film will pick up in rural and semi urban centers.

    Machakkaran: Director- Tamilvavan. This is definitely a hurdle for the fast growing actor Jeevan, who had given two big hits like Thiruttu Payale and Naan Avanillai. It has earned the name of being the most boring film released this Diwali.

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