Diwali Movies Arrambam, Azhagu Raja, Pandiya Naadu - Analysis and Expectation Graph
A number of websites and media have been proclaiming that Arrambam is all set for an earth-shattering opening and break previous record...
The fact is far from the truth. It is true that there will be only one movie, Arrambam, running in almost all the theatres in Tamil Nadu on on Thursday and Friday. However, the show count changes significantly starting Saturday and Sunday. It will be a big battle for shows between Arrambam and All in All Azhaguraja.
Cast: Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayantara, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Mahesh Manjrekar, Atul Kulkarni, Suman Ranganathan, Kishore, Akshara Gowda, Prashant Nair and Lee Whittaker.
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematographer: Om Prakash
Director's Cut: Ajith and I are coming together once again with this film after Billa 2. The highlight of Arrambam is Ajith has performed all the stunts himself. As the film has a huge star cast, I wanted justice done to all their roles. This is the most expected movie of the year and all I can say is watching Arrambam will surely be a different experience.
All in All Azhaguraja
Cast: Karthi, Kajal Aggarwal, Santhanam, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan
Direction: M. Rajesh
Music: S. Thaman
Cinematographer: Sakthi Saravanan
Director’s Cut: With a liberal dose of comedy, All in All Azhagu Raja will be an out-and-out family entertainer. All my earlier films are light-hearted, and I have explored situational comedy in All in All Azhagu Raja. With Santhanam and Karthi at the helm, one can expect a blast — a 10000-wala comedy firework! Another interesting aspect is Kajal Aggarwal plays a powerful role as Chithradevi Priya in the film. I am getting positive feedback from those who have seen the rushes.
Studio Green is not bucking under any pressure as it confidently launches Karthi's first Diwali release against Ajith. The movie will be along the lines of usual Santhanam-Rajesh combination that we have come to expect. Studio Green has been aggressively poaching the screens from Arrambam starting Saturday. The distribution house is working overtime to win over the family audience who may be looking for a director Rajesh- Santhanam comedy movie.
Cast: Vishal, Lakshmi Menon, Bharathiraja, Sharath Lohitashwa, Vikranth, Soori, Somasundaram, Harish, Amudeswar, Krithi B. Shetty, Sowmiya, Thulashi, Tharun Master and Muthuraman.
Music: D. Imman
Director’s Cut: Pandiya Nadu is a revenge story and we have shot the film in 4k resolution, hence there will be greater clarity. The action sequences will be of top order. The story revolves around a youth, played by Vishal, who is averse to violence but is forced to embrace it due to circumstances. I am happy that director Bharathiraja has played the role of Vishal’s father. Another first is Lakshmi Menon has been teamed up with Vishal.
After a long time, Vishal's movie looks promising. However, it is not clear why Pandiya nadu is releasing amidst tough competition and hurting its chances. Many of the fans are considering "Pandiya Nadu" as a 3rd option behind Arrambam and All in All Azhaguraja. The number of shows are limited and screens are not big either. The chances of Pandiya Nadu overpowering AAA and Arrambam in terms of box office collections purely through positive word of mouth is nothing short of miracle. It is a poor timing of release for Pandiya Nadu as situations look bleak for this Vishal's starrer. Is it too late for Vishal to pull out of the Diwali race?
This is not a truly long weekend to accommodate 3 big releases since Diwali is during the weekend. The winner will be determined by who will bring the families to the theatres in throngs. The family audience will pick only one of the three movies based on the verdict. Right now, Arrambam has a clear upper hand compared to rest of the releases.
So far, it is turning out to be a zero-sum game with gains made by one balancing out the losses of another. If "All in All Azhaguraja" and "Pandianadu"had spaced out their releases, all these movies could have maximized the overall box office collections and revenues, which would have been good for Tamil industry.