What is loss to popular Tamil actor Vijay is a gain to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, as his latest flick Chennai Express is running to full houses in several theatres across Tamil Nadu.
As Vijay's Tamil film Thalaivaa, slated for release on August 9, hit a block in the last minute following some objections, Chennai Express starring SRK and Deepika Padukone in the lead, has been "well" received in Tamil Nadu.
Thalaivaa failed to release due to objections by a man called Karnan, hailing from Tirunelveli in the state, who claims the movie was based on the life of his grandfather S S Kandaswamy and his father S K Ramaswamy who live in Dharavi, Mumbai.
A few theatres in Chennai also received bomb threats from a little known outfit, Tamil Nadu Oppressed Students Revolutionary Force, who supported the arguments of Karnan, prompting the theatre owners to cancel bookings, which began on Wednesday.
Film industry sources said people who had already booked tickets for Thalaivaa were asked to come to the counter for the refund of their money.
However, many opted for Chennai Express as tickets were available.
An insider said considering Vijay's mass appeal, tickets would have been booked for a week. However, as theatres decided to refund the money, people preferred to watch "Chennai Express" as it was also released Friday.
Taking a cue from Chennai Express, a press release said Tamil actor Bharath's movie "555" that was expected to hit screens on August 15, was advanced and released today August 10.