Vijay’s much awaited film Thalaivaa which was expected to release this Friday(Aug 9) worldwide, has been stalled in the home state.
Now, government intervention has been sought in the matter. Yet, there is no clarity whether “Thalaivaa” will see the light of the day in the state or not as per the earliest schedule.
The Sequence of the pre release drama that unfolded in the last two days :
More than 12 cinema theatres received bomb threats against screening the film, warning that the bombs would explode at the theatres and the theatre owners residence in the city. Reportedly, the threats are sent by a political outfit Tamil Nadu Oppressed Students Revolutionary Force (Tamilaga Odukkapatta Manavar Puratchi Padai).
Tamil Nadu Oppressed Students Revolutionary Force is a group of old graduates from SRM university, who are against Vendhar Movies owner Pachamuthu @ Pari vendhar, who is the distributor of the film. They alleged that, Pari Vendhar has invested more than 70 crores of money in this project, which he earned through tax evasion and exploitation of students of SRM group. They threatened to resort the violence if the theatre owners decide to screen the film.
Ticket Booking Stopped
On Wednesday afternoon, most Chennai Theatres including multiplexes, one by one slowly started pulling out their online booking and then closed Ticket booking at the counters too.
TNTOA Seek Police help
Tamil Nadu Theatre Association members met the city commissioner and sought police security, but Police say it is impossible to provide to security to all theatres screening the film.
Vijay releases a press statement
Stating his Thalaivaa is not targeting any politician.
Case filed by SS Kandasamy’s Grandson
Its known that Thalaivaa is based on the late Mumbai Dharavi based popular Dalit personality SS Kandasamy. Now SKR Kannan, the grandson of SSK has filed a law suit against the film claiming the portrayal of his father and grandfather in the film is distorting their lives.
As per the petition filed by SKR Kannan, the film shows his grandfather, enacted by Sathyraj involved in drug business, that is not true in real life. His grandfather made money from tannery business. More over the film shows his entire family as popular dons, but they were just social leaders who worked for Tamil welfare.
The Case been pushed to the next hearing on August 12th.
Tamil Nadu Theatre Association Chennai-Chengalpattu asks Vijay, his father Chandrasekhar and Director Vijay to meet the Chief Minister in person and requests her do the needful to proceed with the screening. Also demands to get the Entertainment Tax exemption certificate in advance, so that they do not end losers to the whole scenario.
Point to be noted : Tamil Nadu is the only state to give entertainment tax exemption, In Maharashtra, the Govt. charges 45% of the ticket price.
UK and France distributor Ayngaran says they will go ahead with the screening whatever be the status in Tamil Nadu, while the US distributor announced the show will be on hold till further notice.
August 9 2013
Vijay and father S A Chandrasekhar Fly to Kodanad,Ooty to meet Jayalalithaa without any prior appointment, but are sent back at the security gate itself.
Overseas Release permitted
Go ahead for all overseas release was given. Most countries the premier show scheduled start as earlier planned.
Govt Officials watch the film
A special show arranged for Tamil Nadu Censor officials, but the tax exemption certificate not yet handed over.
Premiere Shows start Overseas
Premier shows in Dubai,Malaysia,Singapore and Sri Lanka started
The final meeting
The final meeting at Film Chamber between the producer, distributors and the theater owners, is too not very positive for the film. If the sources are correct release date in Tamil Nadu will be decided only after Aug 12.
Meanwhile there is an update, Bharath starrer 555 which was scheduled for Aug 15 release is being pushed to Aug 10th.