As per the prediction of industry-watchers on the eve of films releasing in Deepavali this year, actor Suriya’s 7aum Arivu is leaps ahead of other films in terms of advance booking and the clamour among movie-goers to watch the film. The film, which has hottie Shruti Haasan debuting as heroine opposite Suriya and directed by A.R. Murugadoss, looks like a clear winner.
7aum Arivu releases in as many as 1,100 screens worldwide including in theatres in U.S. and Canada. In these two countries alone, the film is to be screened in as many as 87 screens. In the numbers game, the film easily beats Vijay’s Velayudham, which also releases on Deepavali eve, by a good margin. Velayudham, directed by ‘Jayam’ Raja, releases in 720 screens all over Tamil Nadu.
Comparatively, 7aum Arivu releases in around 60 cinema halls in Chennai alone while Velayudham has managed only 39 screens in the city. Vijay, however, scores heavily in Kerala where the star has a large number of fans, next only to Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan. In tune with Vijay’s popularity there, the film is released in 120 screens in Kerala.
The trailer of Vijay’s Velayudham, which was released at the Saritha Cinema Hall in Ernakulam, witnessed a huge turnout of his fans who had come to catch a glimpse of their favourite star. The film is also releasing in 40 cinema halls across the neighbouring Karnataka.
It remains to be seen which one among 7aum Arivu and Velayudham gets the ‘thumbs-up’ from the masses!