Initial reports from trade circles point out that out of the three Pongal releases – Suriya’s Thaana Serndha Koottam, Vikram’s Sketch and Prabhu Deva’s Gulaebagavali, only Suriya and Vikram’s films seem to be doing well while Prabhu Deva needs to do some catching-up at the box-office.
Six films were to actually release last Friday (12th January) but only these three films managed to get decent theatres/halls/multiplexes. While Suriya and Vikram’s films occupied plum/significant theatres/halls, Prabhu Deva’s film was forced to make do with the remaining halls as the film’s release had already been unduly delayed.
Thaana Serndha Koottam, which brings together Suriya and Keerthy Suresh as on-screen pair for the first time and has been directed by Vignesh Shivan, is the Tamil remake of the super-hit Hindi film Special 26 which starred Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead and released a few years back. Based on a real-life incident and produced by Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green, the film which released in more than 450 halls across the State fetched more than Rs.5.85 crores on its very first day at the BO.
Pitting ‘milky beauty’ Tamannaah opposite ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram for the first time, the Vijay Chander-directed Sketch also had Soori, R.K. Suresh, Vela Ramamoorthy and Madhumita in the lead. Produced by ‘Kalaipuli’ S. Thanu, the pre-release publicity of the film has generated lots of interest among Vikram and Tamannaah’s fans. Doing very well on its first day in the city and its suburbs, the film collected more than Rs.5.50 crore on its first day.
Prabhu Deva, who directed Hansika’s debut Tamil film Engeyum Kadhal almost a decade back, is paired up opposite her in Gulaebagaavali which is a fantasy-based adventure aimed at children and light-hearted audiences. Caught between a Suriya-starrer and a Vikram-starrer, the film didn’t have a great opening at the box-office and ended up collecting a mere Rs.30 lakhs on its first day.
The extended Pongal weekend which concludes only tomorrow may see some changes in the box-office collections of these three films!