Thala - Thalapathy war begins!
It all started more than a decade back in 2001 Pongal when Vijay's Friends release clashed with Ajith's Dheena. Later there were four more clashes between Ajith and Vijay films on festival days – Bhagawathi v/s Villain (2002 Deepavali), Thirumalai v/s Anjaneya (2003 Diwali), Aadhi v/s Paramasivam (2006 Pongal) and Pokkiri v/s Aalwar (2007, Pongal).
For the last six years the famous foes never clashed, due to pressure from trade who always are looking for a solo release. Now seven years down the line when Vijay and Ajith are real big superstars they are once again crossing swords at the box-office.
Pongal 2014 will see the biggest ever battle in Tamil cinema as Vijay Jilla takes on Ajith's Veeram worldwide. The battle lines are clearly drawn as both films are releasing in nearly 1000 screens all over the world.
The battleground is really Tamil Nadu where they will be releasing in almost 350 to 400 screens each. The exact number of screens will be known only by Friday (Jan 10) evening, as negotiations go on till the last moment.
The advance booking for Jilla and Veeram has been phenomenal throughout Tamil Nadu. On the opening day early morning shows are being planned. Both the films are expected to take a gargantuan opening, as big Pongal weekend begins.