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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Thanks to polls, exams, Tamil cinema staring at a dry period

Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times  Chennai, March 12, 2014
First Published: 18:50 IST(12/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:16 IST(12/3/2014)

Call it the poll effect. As general elections loom large over India, Tamil filmmakers are fighting shy of releasing their films. What is more, April also happens to be the season of examinations – which will effectively stop many youngsters from thronging the cinemas. With a biggie like Kochadaiiyaan slated to release during this period, speculation is rife that the film may be delayed, leading to a ripple down effect.

Tamil auteur Gnana Rajasekaran – who was supposed to have released his Ramanujam (a biopic on the mathematic genius from Tamil Nadu) in January – now plans to do so towards the end of May. Although he said that the film was not yet ready, he also indicated that he would not like Ramanujam to hit the screens during the elections and the exams.

Rajnikanth’s magnum opus, Kochadaiiyaan (created with the help of a new technology), slated for an April 11 opening, may only release after the elections, which is towards the end of May.

There has been no official communication on this, but industry sources have on condition of anonymity implied that the Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin-helmed Kochadaiiyaan will not open on April 11.

Obviously, the film’s producers cannot take such a big risk, given the huge budget involved.

So, presuming that Kochadaiiyaan will be out in the theatres some days after mid-May, the other Tamil movies will have to adjust their own release dates. Nobody will like to risk opening his film along with Rajnikanth’s. Not even for a couple of weeks after that. For, the attention of the ticket-paying public will be riveted on Rajnikanth-Deepika Padukone romance and histrionics.  And it will go for repeat viewing.

I have seen people watching three shows of the same picture on the opening day. Such is the craze for some superstars.

The Tamil film industry scene may well resemble one on the high seas: when a huge ship passes by, the waves it causes gets the smaller vessels around shaking shuddering. Smaller Tamil movies may think it wise to stay away from such choppy waters.

 

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