The decks have been finally cleared for the release of Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s Thalaivaa in Tamil Nadu. The green signal has been given to theatres and distributors to release the film on Tuesday (August 20).
It means the “threat to the film from unidentified sources” is not there any longer. The all clear signal came late in the night on Saturday, so publicity ads with the confirmed release date and theatre listings will appear in Monday papers.
So 12 days after its worldwide release, Thalaivaa will release in Tamil Nadu! Several issues like a bomb threat, entertainment tax waiver issue and alleged political content derailed its release in Tamil Nadu. The Thalaivaa team tried to conduct a hunger strike last Friday, but permission was denied by the police. On Saturday afternoon, the producer of the film Chandraprakash Jain was admitted to a private hospital.
Meanwhile DMK MLA and Tamil film producer J Anbalagan offered to screen the movie in 300 theatres across Tamil Nadu, if Vendhar Films were not willing to screen it. The MLA also posted the message on Twitter. Earlier DMK chief Karunanidhi offered his full support to the film.
As per sources two provocative tag lines in the film’s promotions “Time to lead” and “Born to lead” will be removed from the publicity material. It was also said a dialogue in the film between Vijay and Santhanam regarding the actor’s dance style, said to have political innuendo, would be muted.