The release of superstar Vijay’s Tamil movie Puli has hit a roadblock after early morning shows and overseas premiere of the film were cancelled for reasons still unclear. The shows of the fantasy-drama film that were scheduled as early as 4 am and 5 am by theatres on Thursday stand cancelled.
The highly awaited film is Sridevi’s return to Tamil cinema after 30 years. Income Tax sleuths on Wednesday carried out searches at 32 locations in three states, including at the residences and offices of popular Tamil actor Vijay, Nayanthara and Samantha, ahead of the film’s release.
“Even we are not sure why we have been asked to cancel the special shows. We are waiting for go ahead from Qube to release the film,” a theatre representative said. According to an industry source, the makers of Puli were yet to get clearance from Qube - the company that streams movies digitally.
“Rumour has it that producers of Puli are yet to clear dues to Qube. As soon as it is settled, theatres are expected to get the green signal to screen the movie,” the source said. Another source said that due to the Income Tax raid on the producers and financier of Puli on Thursday, they are yet get financial clearance to pay exhibitors.
“Due to the IT raid, the producers were not allowed to move funds to clear last minute payments. This could be one of the reasons why exhibitors did not get clearance to screen the film,” the source said.
Theatres here that had planned to screen the film at 8 am and 9 am have also cancelled the shows. “We hear that we may get clearance to screen the film from noon onwards. But we still are not sure about the same,” the theatre representative said.
#Puli Vijay finally was able to come out of home after IT raid got over and immediately agreed to pay the pending amount. KDMs within an hr.— ATMUS Entertainment (@ATMUSent) October 1, 2015
The film’s overseas distributor Atmus Entertainment posted on their Twitter page on Thursday that all the premiere shows were cancelled in Canada and the US. The release of the film in its dubbed Hindi and Telugu versions also remain doubtful. However, a later tweet said that the actor has come out of his house to pay the dues and there may be good news soon for fans.
Directed by Chimbu Deven, the film also stars Sridevi, Shruti Haasan and Hansika Motwani in important roles.