Though Tamil films have been hitting the screens without any interval almost on all the 52 weeks, releasing their films on Deepavali and Pongal is a great temptation which the producers and directors can hardly resist. Keeping in view the rich tradition of film-makers and others, this Pongal is also no exception with two big films slated to release on the eve of Pongal.
Director Shankar has finalized plans to release his upcoming venture Nanban on 12th January (a couple of days before Pongal). As reported earlier, the film is a frame-by-frame of Bollywood’s super-duper film 3 Idiots which starred Aamir Khan in the lead. The Tamil version stars the trio of Vijay, Jiiva and Srikkanth in the lead and has the curvaceous Ileana (the Tollywood queen) attempting a comeback in Tamil films.
Another big release on Pongal eve which might challenge Nanban’s supremacy at the box-office would be Vettai. The film has been directed by Lingusamy and is his next film after the super-duper hit film Paiyaah which released in 2010 starring Karthi and Tamannaah in lead roles. Vettai has a huge star-cast in Madhavan, Aarya, Sameerra Reddy and Amala Paul and is predicted by trade circles to do well given the stars and the director’s past reputation.
Joining Nanban and Vettai would be the Vidharth-starrer Kollaikkaran which would also be hitting the screens on the eve of Pongal later this week. Vidharth debuted as hero in the highly successful Mynaa opposite Amala Paul in 2010. He had another release in Mudhal Idam last year which hardly made any impact at the box-office. As such, Vidharth is in need of a hit in Kollaikkaran to sustain himself in the industry.
Sanchita Shetty pairs up opposite Vidharth in the film which has its breezy script set in a rural backdrop. Director Tamil Selvan feels that the audience would patronize his filmi in a big way. Vairamuthu pens the lyrics to the music of newcomer Shogan. The film is releasing in as many as 250 halls across the State, it informed.