There are no big releases for Tamil New Years (April 13) this year. Not that big films traditionally release every Tamil New Year but the TFPC had announced five important dates which it later revised to eight days of a year when big projects will see light of the day, including Tamil New Years. This move was to encourage small films.
Following this decision three big projects, ‘3’, ‘Billa 2’ and ‘Saguni’ were eyeing on an April 13 release.
‘3’ is now releasing on March 30 in Tamil – Telugu versions. The team is running from pillar to post for the promotional activities of the film that has already generated much buzz thanks to the stupendous success of ‘Kolaveri’.
Meanwhile ‘Saguni’ is seeing a re-shoot as the makers weren’t very impressed with the scenes featuring the main villain and have now roped in Prakash Raj and are shooting most of the scenes again! The film is reportedly aiming for a May end or June beginning release.
Thala Ajith’s ‘Billa 2’ was initially announced as a Tamil New Year release as well and then it was said that it will grace screens for Ajith’s birthday that falls on May 1. The latest is the movie will, like ‘Saguni’, see a release towards the fag end of May or the beginning of June as the makers reportedly have planned extensive post-production work and promotional activities.
Udhayanidhi Stalin’s maiden acting venture ‘Oru Kal Oru Kannadi’ featuring him alongside Hansika Motwani is touted to release come April 6, however there’s no official confirmation on this front.
One of the major reasons for these drastic changes in release dates is the unofficial strike between FEFSI and the producers that has invariably brought the shoot of several Tamil films to a halt and has affected release dates by weeks and months!