The word Mankatha refers to some kind of gambling one indulges in while playing the cards game. Literally, there has been a lot of gambling going on in Kollywood preceding the release of actor Ajith’s upcoming film ‘Mankatha’. Theatre-owners were apprehensive in releasing Dayanidhi Alagiri’s film as his earlier two films in ‘Va Quarter Cutting’ and ‘Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai’ didn’t do that well at the box-office.
Dayanidhi approached Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green (Suriya’s Uncle) who agreed to take up the film’s distribution and release on one condition: the satellite broadcasting rights of the film should be given to Jaya TV. As Raja’s films have successively done well at theatres, he enjoyed theatre-owners’ confidence. Advertisements in the next day’s papers said Studio Green would be releasing the film; the name of Dayanidhi’a Cloud Nine Movies was not to be spotted in the advertisement.
It was exactly at this time that Udhayanidhi Stalin stepped in to mediate between Dayanidhi and Sun Pictures and facilitated the take-over of the film by the latter. Uptil now, Sun Pictures would never show the name of the producer of the films distributed by it but has made some exception as Dayanidhi is Kalaignar’s grandson. To release the film in theatres, Sun has hired the services of actress Radhika’s Radaan Media Works.
Radhika’s husband Sarath Kumar is a sitting MLA who is in alliance with AIADMK and therefore, theatre-owners would ill-afford not to release films distributed by Radhika’s Radaan. It’s considered as a master-stroke on the part of Sun Network and Sun Pictures. Trade sources however feel that the standing of Sun Pictures will heavily depend on the success of ‘Mankatha’.
The whole affair revolving around Mankatha seems to be a big gamble indeed.