Actor Vijay, whose upcoming flick ‘Kaavalan’ scheduled to release on Pongal eve, is said to be facing quite a lot of problems in locating theatres of his choice to release his pet project. Deviating from his masala films over the years, Vijay himself has admitted that he has taken up ‘flowers’ (read ‘romance’) instead of ‘guns’ (read ‘action’) for this film and assures that it would be liked by all sections of audience.
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The theatre-owners’ association, which earlier had demanded that Vijay pay them Rs.10 crores for the successive failure of his films for the past 3-4 years, had declared in the middle of this year that if Vijay does not make up for the losses incurred earlier ,his Kaavalan will not be showcased in ‘plum’ theaters.
The same appears to be happening and Vijay’s worst fears seems to be turning true. Though Shakti Chidambaram, who bought the distribution of the film for a whopping sum of 42 Crores, claimed that the film would be released in over 400 cinema theatres , insiders say that as on date, he has only managed to sign up 70 cinema theatres to release the film. Even these halls are said to be secondary in nature when it comes to seating facilities.
Vijay had always maintained that he couldn’t be singled out for the ‘non-show’ of his films and that he, or for that matter, any one particular actor, shouldn’t be asked to pay up for the losses said to be incurred by the theatre-owners and distributors.
‘Kaavalan’ was supposed to hit the screens on December 17th itself but had to be postponed to January 14th as the requisite theatres weren’t available for the producer to release the film. The tangle is likely to continue as Pongal would witness major releases such as Dhanush’s ‘Aadukalam’ and Karthi’s ‘Siruthai’ which would eat up most of the important and major cinema halls in the city and elsewhere.
Who’s gonna save Ilayathalapathy’s Kaavalan? Kaavalanai Kaapatra Povathu Yaaru?