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Chaotic Varalaru, latecomer Vallavan – Dawn becomes dusk for Diwali releases
Diwali this year has witnessed the release of a few much-awaited releases. Prominent of them being Ajith’s Varalaru and Simbu’s Vallavan. While prints of most of the movies managed to reach the theatres on time, screening of Vallavan and Dharmapuri were delayed due to various reasons and the Arjun starrer Vathiyar was not released due to undisclosed reasons.
Ajith & Asin

Varalaru’s chaotic opening
Ajith’s long pending Varalaru finally hit the screens this Diwali after overcoming a truckload of hurdles and obstacles. Ajith spent a whopping 2 crore from his wallet to help the movie see the crack of dawn on Diwali. Apart from that the director K.S. Ravikumar was not honored with his pay, which was later settled after deliberations. The movie was about to be stalled from its release by a financier for a debt of 5 lakhs, which was also settled enabling the movie’s release.

Kasi theatre was brimming with Ajith fans and the show opened at 8.45 a.m. The fans demanded ‘once more’ for the ‘Innisai’ song in the movie and when their request was not honored, their impatience got the most out of them persuading them to block the speakers behind the screens. This caused chaos for a while and while the theatre management was rectifying the same, the fans started bursting crackers inside the movie hall. Police was called in and close to 50 ill-behaved fans were taken into custody.


Valiant Vallavan’s trouble
Vallavan’s release was in a tight spot until Diwali and the movie ran into trouble when the holder of overseas rights of the movie failed to pay the requisite sum that was agreed upon. This led the producer Thaenappan to impose an additional 15,000 per print on the local distributors. In addition, since Vallavan’s prints were prepared in Mumbai there was a delay in the receipt of prints and the prints reached Chennai only in the afternoon. The conflicts were settled after discussions and Vallavan opened later in the evening on Diwali day.

In a prominent theatre in Chennai, Simbu’s fans exchanged verbal wars when the movie’s release was delayed and there was even a reported incident of stabbing in the theatre. The issue was settled after police intervention.

Captain’s Dharmapuri
Vijayakanth’s fast track project Dharmapuri hit the screens on Diwali, but much to the disappointment of his fans, only for the evening shows. The movie directed by Perarasu faced financial difficulties. Owing to the unsettled old debts of A M Rathnam the producer, Dharmapuri suffered delay in its release.


The issues were settled and Dharmapuri was released for evening shows.

The other horses in the race
The other movies that opened for Diwali were the Jeeva starrer ‘E’, Sarath Kumar starrer ‘Thalaimagan’, Arya starrer ‘Vattaram’, and Marandhen Meimarandhen. The aforesaid movies had no trouble in screening and as a matter of fact, Thalaimagan surprised the theatres when the prints were delivered well before - on the eve of Diwali.

Though there were tensions in the theatres of new releases, it is not quite unseen on a Diwali day. Otherwise, Diwali day was celebrated with all its customary vibrancy and crackers in the theatres around Chennai too.
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