Vijay Antony's Thimiru Pudichavan is in the midst a controversy. The film, slotted for Deepavali release, pulled out due to non availability of good theatres as a most of them were occupied by Sarkar. The makers have reported that they would released it on November 16, however a similar date has been allotted to four small movies — Sei, Kaattrin Mozhi, Utharavu Maharaja, Chitthira Pesudhadi — by Tamil Film Producers Council's 'Release Regulation Committee'.
Peeved at the move by the makers of TP, Nakkhul, the lead hero of Sei and Udhaya of Utharavu ....speak about the undue delay of their movies due to earlier strike and how they will get just minimum screens now because of Thimiru..... jumping its turn and taking their date.
Says Nakkhul, "Sei was to hit the marquee last March. Because of industry strike, we couldn't release at that point. After having missed several dates, we were given approval letter from TFPC'S Regulation Committee for November 16. We hear now that Vijay Antony's Thimiru Pudichavan, which had not gotten a letter from TFPC (till Monday) is competing around the same time. This will clearly diminish the accessibility of screens for us. As of now, Sei has been promised 150 screens, but if TP gets released, at that point it will come down to 60, which is unfair. I am still keeping my fingers crossed."
A source near the Sei unit revealed that distributors need to release TP on November 16 at any cost. So, Sei won't have enough theatres for its release around the same time. There's no possibility to postpone to November 23, as it will have a run time of just six days, with Rajinikanth-Shankar's magnum opus 2.O scheduled for a huge release on November 29. An official statement from Trippy Turtle Productions, the makers of Sei said new dates will be announced soon.
Nakkhul plays a aspiring actor in the film directed by M'town director Raj Babu and bankrolled by Manu Kerala. Aanchal Munjal from Bollywood debuts as the heroine. Nakkhul includes, "My producer Manu is from our neighboring state, yet his enthusiasm for Tamil film has driven him to invest here. Under the prevailing tough situation in TN, how will any producer from other states invest in Tamil films?"
Actor Udhaya also urged the TFPC to ensure that those films given formal approvals by them should be the only ones to make it to the screens on November 16.