High hopes on Vijay, Ajith and Suriya to turn things around after a dull first half of 2017
Tamil Cinema has a had a very low profile 2017 till now. Leaving aside Baahubali, no other Tamil film has had a blockbuster run this year. Biggies like Bairavaa and Singam 3 failed miserably at the box office. Only very few movies like Maanagaram, Kuttram 23, Pa Pandi, Kavane etc have done good business at the box office.
But the real game is yet to begin as the second half of 2017 has just kick-started. Ajith, Vijay, Suriya, Dhansuh and Sivakarthikeyan have movies lined up for release. All these movies, especially Vivegam, Mersal and Thaana Serntha Koottam (TSK) are coming in with great hype and if they manage to get good reviews, then TN box office will flourish like never before.
First among them to release is Thala Ajith’s Vivegam. After waiting for over two years, Ajith fans will finally get to see their favourite star’s movie on big screen from August 24. This spy-thriller directed by Siruthai Siva marks the third time union of Ajith with the filmmaker after the success of Veeram and Vedhalam. Ajith has undergone a stunning make over for the movie by shedding down a lot of extra pounds. Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi is making his Tamil debut by playing a prominent role in the movie. Kajal Agarwal will be seen as the female lead while Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara Haasan is also playing a pivotal character. Sathya Jyothi Films have invested a whopping budget of over Rs 120 crores for this movie.
Thalapathy Vijay’s Mersal is slated to hit screens in October as a grand Diwali release. This Atlee directorial is highly anticipated by the audience, especially Vijay fans, since the director is teaming up with Vijay after the massive success of Theri. AR Rahman is scoring music for this movie, produced by Sri Thenandal Films. Another major attraction is that Vijay is playing a triple role for the first time in his career. Nithya Menon, Kajal Agarwal and Samantha Ruth Prabhu are the three female leads. Baahubali writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and Ramana Girivasan have helmed the film’s screenwriting. Mersal has a blockbuster combo and the duo are expected to repeat the same success this time also.
Suriya has been through a rough patch over the last two years and he will be itching to get back to winning ways with his next outing Thaana Serntha Koottam. The movie directed by Vignesh Shivn is reportedly inspired from Akshay Kumar’s superhit movie Special 26. Tamil cinema’s current favourite Keerthy Suresh plays the female lead. The movie has a stellar supporting cast that includes Ramya Krishnan, Karthik, popular comedian Senthil, Saranya Ponvannan, KS Ravikumar and RJ Balaji among others. Young sensation Anirudh Ravichander is composing music for this movie. TSK is expected to hit screens sometime by the end of this year.
Apart from the above mentioned films, Dhanush’s VIP 2, Sivakarthikeyan’s Velaikaaran and Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2 (not yet confirmed) have the potential to reap rich dividends at the box office.