Thalapathy deepavali to Thala deepavali !


By Abhishek Krishnan

What’s more fun than having your Diwali celebrations topped up with a new movie, especially when it is a movie of your favorite star?

The Tamil Cinema Industry has always been keen at showering the audience with movies of mass to make our Diwali all the more boisterous. The first day show of a power packed movie makes a perfect start to the festive season, for the film enthusiasts.

Let’s take a quick glance at the Diwali releases, over the past couple of years and the different news updates that built up their exhilaration, ahead of the release of the movies.

The year 2011 was a cracker of a Diwali for the movie industry with two gargantuan releases that flooded the theaters with people.


The name describes it all. Vijay’s first movie with director M. Raja. Ahead of the movie’s release there was a lot of buzz that Vijay was playing the role of a superhero.Vijay’s appearance in a long robe with a hood was the talk of the town that thrilled the ardent fans of the actor.

Although the role was not exactly of a superhero, Vijay’s glittering screen presence drove the movie to a steaming success.


The Murugadoss – Suriya combination struck gold in Ghajini and they were all set to repeat history. The movie had many highlights and chitchats that were published in almost every material of the media. Some of them were


  • Shruti Haasan marks her Tamil debut in 7aum Arivu
  • Suriya plays the role of a circus man and has been trained by a circus veteran
  • 7aum Arivu to have a song in Chinese
  • The team shoots a song in China recreating a 6th century Chinese Village
  • Suriya plays a triple role: a circus artist, a Buddhist monk and a scientist
  • Vietnamese marital artist and actor Johny Tri Nguyen plays the villain


Well, the release of the movie broke open all the speculations and assumptions that were being built up. The movie was a visual treat and received good response.

The year 2012 witnessed the release of three movies that were unique in their own ways.


Thuppaki slated consecutive Diwali releases for both Vijay and Murugadoss. The competitors of the previous year appeared to have teamed up to produce an action packed, nail biting, mega mass movie. Like any big movie, Thuppaki constantly made it to the news headlines with various updates ahead of the release of the movie.


  • Vijay plays an encounter specialist in Mumbai
  • Vijay sings for Thuppaki
  • Thuppaki faces title trouble
  • Thuppaki likely to be renamed as Saravedi
  • A few scenes to be deleted in Thuppaki


After all the release confusion that went through, the movie jostled its way out as planned. Vijay’s style and Murugadoss’ edge-pushing screenplay broke through the doors of the box office records and found a place for itself.


Competing with Vijay’s film was Simbu’s Poda Podi that had its share of release expectations and highlights. The movie marked the debut of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and director Vignesh Shivan.

Poda Podi did heave up a lot of euphoria among the Simbu fans and the movie did manage to live up to their expectations.


Thangar Bachan’s Ammavin Kai Pesi had Shanthnoo and Iniya in the lead. The movie was a comeback film for Thangar Bachan after a brief hiatus.

After a lot of dates swapping and guesstimates, the list of movies for this Diwali is finally out. It’s going to be Arrambam, All in all Azhaguraja and Pandiyanadu.

All in all Azhaguraja marks the first Diwali release for Karthi. Directed by M. Rajesh, the movie is expected to be a rib tickling comedy entertainer.

Pandiyanadu will be the first movie release for Vishal under his own production banner, Vishal Film Factory. This commercial entertainer is directed by Suseenthiran.

Ajith appears to have replaced Vijay this time around. Arrambam, directed by Vishnuvardhan, is the most anticipated movie this Diwali. Theaters have already hit the treasure with tickets being sold out at a rapid pace.

Three big movie releases, three big stars, three big directors. As always, the expectations of the audience are at its zenith.



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