It was almost like David Vs Goliath when Suriya’s Maattrraan and a debutant director’s Pizza were released last month. Maatraan was considered a ‘perfect recipe’ for success with the coming together of director K.V. Anand, Suriya, Kajal Aggarwal and Harris Jayaraj’s music. Pizza, on the other hand, was having a 2-film old hero and a heroine who was yet to establish herself in the industry as one of the front liners.
As it turned out, Pizza has managed to upstage Maatraan in terms of box-office collection and its continued good performance in many theatres. Within the first couple of weeks, the film had collected as many as Rs.1.85 crores, a record for a film made at a low budget with relatively unknown stars. Pizza managed to stay afloat though 12 other films released last month and most of them were out of the theatres within two weeks.
Vijay Sethupathy, who played the hero in Thenmerku Paruvakatru and the villain in Sundarapandian, plays the lead role in Pizza opposite Ramya Nambeesan.
Karthick Subburaj, winner of a reality film-making show on television, is the debutant director of the film, few are unwilling to believe that Pizza is his first attempt at film-making as the film appears near-perfect in terms of screenplay and conceptualization. Subburaj has taken up the dangerous trend of ‘live-in’ culture which is slowly spreading in the society .
Multiplex cinema halls are usually not slotted to new director’s films starring unpopular hero/heroine. However, as talk has gone around that Pizza has been made well and is engrossing to watch, more and more multiplex owners are showing interest in screening film in their premises. A week back Mayajaal complex had 34 shows a day with 80% occupancy.
Ironically enough, Maattrraan has been sent ‘out of the halls’ in many places whereas Pizza is finding many takers. Tollywood’s Suresh has already acquired the Telugu remake rights of the film.