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Mersal to have the biggest ever release for a Tamil film beating Spyder, Baahubali 2

Vijay’s Mersal will release around Diwali and the excitement is sky high. Many believe it will be the biggest ever release for a Tamil film.

regional-movies Updated: Oct 11, 2017 14:09 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Vijay in a still from Mersal.
Vijay in a still from Mersal.

There’s exactly a week to go for the release of Vijay’s Mersal, despite reports doing the rounds that the film might not release as planned due to the ongoing battle over double taxation in Tamil Nadu between the Tamil Film Producers’ Council and government. Nevertheless, the makers are making all arrangement to ensure the film comes out with a bang. On Tuesday, Hema Rukmani, director Thenandal Studios Limited, the makers of Mersal, announced via her Twitter page that the film as of today has been confirmed to release in 3292 screens worldwide, making it the biggest release for a Tamil movie.

The film is releasing in record number of places in several places. In Kerala, it’s releasing in 350 screens, surpassing the previous record of 320 screens by Baahubali 2. In Malaysia, a Tamil dominant market, it’s slated to open in 800 screens. Directed by Atlee, Mersal is his second time collaboration with Vijay after last year’s blockbuster Theri. In the film, Vijay plays triple role and he is paired with Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. Actor-filmmaker SJ Suryah, who impressed audiences and critics alike as a menacing villain in Spyder, plays the antagonist in this film.

Tipped to be made on a whopping budget of Rs 130 crore, Mersal is the most expensive film in Vijay’s career, superseding his action-adventure flick Puli, made on a budget of Rs 100 crore. It needs to be seen whether Mersal, given its very high budget, can strike big at the box-office or not. The film has been dubbed in Telugu as Adhirindi, and it will have a simultaneous release with its Tamil version. It has music by double Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman.

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First Published: Oct 11, 2017 14:08 IST