Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s eagerly awaited Thalaivaa has released worldwide today (August 9) on Eid Day except Tamil Nadu!
Cinema theatres in Tamil Nadu had received a bomb threat from an unknown organisation if the film was screened in Tamil Nadu. So theatres in the state refused to screen the film that technically released in the international market on Thursday itself.
Outside Tamil Nadu it released this morning (August 9) in Kerala, Karnataka and North Indian states. And the Telugu dubbed version also hit the screens in Andhra. The response in other parts of the world has been phenomenal for the film.
Director Vijay and Vijay the hero, made an attempt to meet Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at her house in Kodanadu in Nilgiris, to sort out the issue. But they failed to get an audience with the CM.
Meanwhile, the powerful theatre owners association in Chennai took a decision not to screen the film without getting a nod from the authorities. At the same time, the committee that viewed the film for tax exemption, rejected it.
Director Vijay said, "Actor Vijay and I went to meet the chief minister and seek protection for theatres that are going to screen Thalaivaa in Tamil Nadu. But we were unable to meet her.” He also said that the film trade will lose big money if the film is not released in TN.
As of now hectic behind-the-scenes negotiations are going on to sort out the issue and get the film to screens in Tamil Nadu before the weekend. The film now faces fresh threat of piracy as it has been released all over the world except Tamil Nadu, and soon the market may be flooded with pirated copies of the film.