Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and directed by A.L. Vijay, the Vikram-Anushka-Amy Jackson-Lakshmi Rai starrer Thandavam hits the screens worldwide today. The film has created huge expectations with Vikram playing the role of a ‘visually impaired person’ who takes on his detractors and enemies courageously using his ears as his eyes with the aid of a particular technique.
Shot mostly in and around London, the film’s audio was launched some time back and the film hits the theatres today. Trade circles say that the advance booking for the film by the fans of the stars in it has been ‘encouraging’ and points out to better days for the film at the box-office. However, the ‘opening’ (ticket sales in theatres at the first 3-5 days) is an important factor and it remains to be seen how the film fares.
The film, however, releases under controversial circumstances with Ponnuswamy, an assistant director who had worked under Radhamohan in films such as Mozhi and Payanam, accusing UTV’s Dhananjayan of ‘hijacking’ the script and the dialogues from him when he visited the latter a few months back and narrated a story. Instead of giving him a chance to make a film out of the script, Dhananjayan had gone ahead and used the script for Thandavam, Ponnusamy has said.
He also filed a case at the Madras High Court seeking ban on release of the film till the dispute is settled. “UTV promised it’d include me in Thandavam as an assistant director. Instead of including me, they had used my script for the film and haven’t even given credit to me in the film’s title cards,” he had said and sought a ban on the film’s release.
After hearing the arguments of both the parties, the Court has postponed the next hearing to two weeks later.