By Sreedhar Pillai
The third time, Friday the 13th came in 2012 was on July 13. It is the beginning of the second half of the year when some of the most eagerly awaited biggies are due. The proceedings have kick started with the release of Ajith’s Billa 2 on July 13, which took an earth shattering opening.
What next? For the first time ever all big stars of Tamil cinema – Rajinikanth,Kamal Haasan, Ajith, Vijay, Vikram and Suriya will surely have a release in the next 171 days from July 13 to December 31, 2012. On an average, every month for the rest of the year there will be a big film release.
After Billa 2 released on July 13, no firm dates have been announced for other biggies.As per release schedule ‘Ulaga Nayagan’ Kamal Haasan’s Viswaroopam can release anytime in the second half of August or early September. The release date is yet to be confirmed by PVP Cinemas as it has to open simultaneously with its Hindi version Viswaroop.
Suriya’s KV Anand directed Maatran is scheduled as of now to release in the second half of September. The audio launch of the film is likely to happen on Suriya’s birthday (July 23) and since there is a lot of post-production graphic work the release is getting delayed. The producers AGS are not announcing a firm date, but as per sources they are targeting the Vinayaga Chathurthi weekend September 14 or latest by Sep 21.
UTV Motion Pictures has already blocked September 28th for their Vikram starrer Thaandavam. The entire shoot of the AL Vijay directed film is over and the marketing of its Telugu version Sivathandavam has started in Hyderabad last Friday. The Tamil launch will take place in the second half of August and the film has announced September 28 as release date.
Kalaipuli S Dhanu the producer of Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s AR Murgadoss directed Thupakki has announced that he will take a call on release date after the title issue matters are sorted out. In all probability, Thupakki will be Vijay’s big solo Diwali release. The entire talkie portion of the film is over and only two songs remain to be shot. The first look promo of the film will come out shortly, once title issue is sorted out.
Superstar Rajinikanth’s eagerly awaited Kochadaiyaan is almost certain to release on his birthday 12-12-12. Eros International has already sold all rights of the film which is now in the final stages of post-production work. The producers of the film have already announced that the audio of the film will be launched in Japan in September/October.
Please note the above mentioned possible release dates are not final. In Tamil cinema the actual release date can be confirmed only after it is censored and overseas prints are despatched from the Chennai processing labs.