The Deepavali race is hotting up among the actors to release their films on the D-day. Deepavali is a grand festival as far as Tami cinema’s film-makers are concerned as they bend their backs in ensuring that somehow their films make it to the big screen on this particular day. Each year, stars plan their releases accordingly to stay in the Deepavali race.
Vijay’s upcoming Velayudham directed by ‘Jayam’ Raja(a day prior to Deepavali), Suriya’s upcoming film 7aam Arivu directed by A.R. Murugadoss and Dhanush’s upcoming film Mayakkam Enna directed by his elder brother Selvaraghavan have all been confirmed as Deepavali releases. Now, Simbu has also joined the Deepavali race and has said that his upcoming film Osthi would also be releasing on the eve of Deepavali.
Osthi is the Tamil remake of the Bollywood hit film Dabbang which starred Salman Khan in the lead role of a tough, honest cop. Simbu reprises Salman’s role in the Tamil version and has debutant Richa Gangopadhyaya as his heroine; incidentally, Richa is also the heroine of Dhanush-starrer Mayakkam Enna which is also slated to release on the occasion of Deepavali.
Osthi has music by Thaman and also features a sizzling ‘item number’ by Bollywood’s Mallika Sherawat, who was last seen in Tamil films in Kamal Haasan’s Dasavatharaam four years back. The song has been sung by Simbu’s father Vijaya T. Rajendhar and L.R. Eswari, the veteran playback singer who has been around in Tamil films for over 50 years now.
Dharani, who is directing Simbu in Osthi, says “The films releasing on Deepavali tend to collect more that 10% of the usual revenue; considering this fact and also the fact that Simbu’s last film Vaanam was a rousing success, we have decided to release the film Osthi on Deepavali.”