Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s ‘Thalaivaa’ crossed many hassles and roadblocks, and now, the film is on screens in Tamil Nadu.
The film unit had removed the tag line ‘Time to Lead’ from all publicity material and promotional content following a ‘request’ from Vendhar Movies, distributors for the film. Before the films release had been stalled in the backdrop of alarming bomb threats that were supposedly received by some cinema halls, it was said. But, there is no clear reason from either the producers or the lead actor as to exactly why the movie had not been released in the State as scheduled.
The entire drama is a complete mystery as no names of theatres that had received these threatening messages have been disclosed. The state police too washed their hands of this issue by turning down the request for police protection across the state for all theatres screening the film. The Thalaivaa team was also denied permission to perform hunger strike.
So, what happened behind the scenes?
Thalaivaa is yet another example of how closely state politics and the industry are intertwined. Vijay failed to find support from the state government for his film’s smooth release, because of it’s ‘political’ storyline, the actor has chosen to speak up and allay fears.
Industry sources indicate certain statements by the actor and his film-producer father S A Chandrasekar could have sent out “wrong signals”.
It is well known that Vijay and his father S A Chandrasekar have nursed political ambitions since 2009, when the actor had met Rahul Gandhi and expressed keenness to join Congress. Later, during the elections in 2011, he threw his weight, and that of his numerous fan clubs, ‘Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’, behind the present CM Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK. After AIADMK’s landslide victory, the actor’s film had been having a smooth release in the state.
But now the situation is seeing a change, as in recent days, Chandrasekar seems to be much busy with airing his political views and unveiling plans for his son. He has been projecting Vijay as a future chief minister of Tamil Nadu, and apparently compare himself with former chief minister and DMK founder C. N. Annadurai, popularly called Anna and Vijay with legendary former Tamil Nadu CM MGR (MG Ramachandran).
Irked by his political movements, the state government denied permission to hold the star’s birthday celebrations in the city, after his fans went on putting banners of Vijay as the next chief minister of the state.
After Thalaivaa finally hit screens across Tamil Nadu, Vijay’s die-hard fans started promoting the film in all means by hoardings and banners, which portray him as the next Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz few days back with the with the Ilayathalapathy stating that he would never enter politics, and urged his fans not to hoard banners with political phrases. The tweet also warned that the actor would dissolve the fan clubs, that would indulge in political activities. It further said that henceforth, Vijay would directly get himself involved in the fan clubs related activities instead of his father SAC.
In this connection, the actor has denied ever issuing a statement as such. He is crying foul over a fake Twitter account created under his name.
PT Selvakumar, PRO of Vijay, said, “Actor Vijay is not active on any social networking sites. I would like to inform all of Vijay’s fans not to believe any information from the fake twitter accounts”.