The first of the Pongal films Karthi’s Alex Pandian released on Friday (Jan 11). On Sunday (Jan 13), Santhanam’s Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasai (KLTA) and Vishal’s Samar are releasing. Finally on Pongal day (Jan 14), there are two small releases Puthagam and Vijayanagaram.
Alex Pandian released in 375 screens. KLTA is releasing in 203 screens in Tamil Nadu, 25 in Karnataka and 62 overseas which is huge for a film with Santhanam and Power Star Srinivasan. The advance booking for KLTA is good, and pressure for tickets is huge.
Vishal’s Samar due to its financial problems was a late entrant in the Pongal race. Still it has managed to get nearly 200 screens in Tamil Nadu. It is releasing in Kerala only on January 18, due to lack of screens.
Vijay Adiraj’s debut film as director Puthagam with Arya’s brother Sathya in the lead will be lucky if it gets 60 to 70 screens, while Vijayanagaram may get a 20 to 30 screen release.