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Diwali bonanza: Vijay, Vikram and Rajini gear up to woo audience

Deepavali is when many Tamil films release and this year the trend continues with four mega projects preparing to hit the screens - there's Vijay's Kaththi, followed by Vikram's I. Close on heels is Rajinikanth's Lingaa and finally Ajith's Thala 55.

regional movies Updated: Sep 25, 2014 14:35 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran

The Deepavali season has always been a sparkling time for Tamil cinema, and the next three months, starting October, will see big banners hitting theatres.

Vijay's Kaththi will be one, and there are plans to release it in tens of screens as a Deepavali treat to the star's thousands of fans. Helmed by Murugadoss, Kaththi will see Vijay playing a dual role, along with Neil Nitin Mukesh (New York, Shortcut Romeo) and Samantha.

The 2012 Vijay's Deepavali opener, Thuppakki, proved to be a huge box office bonanza. If the gun (Thuppakki) could have fired bullets of money, can the knife (Kaththi) be far behind?

Locking horns with Kaththi will be Shankar's I, whose recent audio launch in Chennai with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rajinikanth in attendance was a terrific PR campaign. I will open during Deepavali, with Vikram as the protagonist in the romantic thriller. The British model-turned-Tamil actress, Amy Jackson, and Suresh Gopi will also be part of I's cast.



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A huge song and dance is being made about I's cocktail of romance and thrill. But was not the 1966 Shammi Kapoor-Asha Parekh Teesri Manzil a romantic thriller as well. This is just one example.

Anyway, I's teaser has crossed the five-million mark, and that is proof of audience anticipation.

Kamal Hassan's Uttama Villain is likely to open on the superstar's birthday on November 7. Helmed by Ramesh Aravind, the movie is a comic drama with Kamal essaying a double role. The film will hhe ace director, K Balachander, Nassar, Urvashi, Jayaram, Pooja Kumar and Andrea as part of a great ensemble.

The other Tamil superstar, Rajinikanth's Lingaa (made by KS Ravikumar) is set to hit screens on the actor's birthday, December 12. Here again, the hero will appear in two avatars with Bollywood star Sonakshi Sinha making her Tamil debut. Anushka Shetty will be the second female lead.



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Another big star, Ajit, has paired with helmer Gautham Menon in Thala 55, which is planned for a December opening. Termed an action thriller, Ajit will play a cop with Trisha and Anushka besides him.