After all the fireworks, Vijay-starrer Kaththi all set for Diwali release
Popular Tamil actor Vijay, whose Diwali release Kaththi (Knife) is facing ire of pro-Tamil groups, said on Tuesday that all issues have been resolved with the producers heeding demands that their name be removed from the film's publicity material.
"I sincerely thank Puratchi Thalaivi (Revolutionary Leader) Amma (as Jayalalithaa is addressed), who supported the amicable release of the film, Tamil Nadu police, theatre owners and producers who respected Tamils' sentiments to remove their name," he said while extending his Diwali greetings.
Vijay's earlier film Thalaivaa had also faced pre-release protests from some fringe groups. His Thuppakki also faced problems over portrayal of a particular community.
"This issue has been resolved amicably. So we request the fans and common people who were eagerly awaiting the movie to watch it and enjoy," he said in a statement in Chennai.
Meanwhile, theatre owners, who met in the wake of two cinemas screening the movie being attacked by miscreants on Monday night, said the film will be released on October 22.
Kaththi will be released across 440 screens in the state, R Panneerselvam, a theatre owner, said.
The AR Murugadoss-directed action film had run into rough weather with about 150 groups, under an umbrella organisation spearheaded by T Velmurugan (former PMK leader), opposing the movie alleging that producer Lyca Productions were close to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapajksa.
Velmurugan continued his strident stand against the movie, alleging that the family of Rajapaksa held shares in Lyca, owned by one London-based Subashkaran Allirajah.
The former PMK leader, whose party Tamizhar Vazhvurimai Katchi is an ally of ruling AIADMK, however denied that any compromise had been arrived at and said that peaceful protests will continue against the Vijay-starrer.
"Till the time Lyca, in which Rajapakse' family holds shares, ceases to be the producer of the film, our protests will continue in front of all cinema theatres where the film will be released," he said.
He however denied the protests were against Vijay or Murugadoss.