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3.15 pm Nov 12, 2012

Diwali movie releases in South India

Chat with senior film journalist Sreedhar Pillai on Diwali movie releases in South India.
51 questions answered
  • sir abt thuppaki screen count ? Asked by: srinath
  • Sreedhar Pillai Thuppakki as of now is likely to release in 1000 + screens in Tamil & Telugu worldwide.
  • Is the Telugu version of Thuppakki releasing tomorrow? till now bookings not started and i heard there are financial problems. Is it true? Asked by: Srikanth
  • Sreedhar Pillai Telugu version is likely 2 release 2moro
  • why was damarukam (telugu ) pushed to nov end ?? Asked by: varun gampa
  • Sreedhar Pillai There are certain commercial issues that have 2 b sorted out.
  • will thuppaki release in AGS & Mayajal Asked by: raju
  • how many screens thuppaki is getting released in AP ?? what is the fate of thuppaki (telugu) ?? Asked by: varun gampa
  • Sreedhar Pillai Not finalized. AR Murgadoss is a big brand in Andhra.
  • Why did GFC postpone thupaki release from 9th Nov to 13th Nov.They could have got a grand 5-day opening which is now restricted to 1-2 days. Asked by: Madhesh
  • Sreedhar Pillai The film got delayed in post-production and censor certification process, hence could not release.
  • Except rajini movies, What you think is the max budget for a movie to be successful? Asked by: Praveen
  • Sreedhar Pillai A Tamil film with a big star should not cost more than RS 50 - 60 Crore for it to be a commercially viable.
  • Sir - Has Dhanu made a table profit by selling Thuppakki at an overflow price compared to production cost? Asked by: Ramesh Bala
  • Sreedhar Pillai Dhanu was a line producer for Gemini and he has surely made his money.
  • What would be the budget of Thuppakki? Asked by: Arvind
  • Sreedhar Pillai The producers are claiming somewhere around Rs 65 Crore.
  • why it is not relesing in AGS & MAYAJAL then there will be loss to producers rgt? Asked by: raju
  • Sreedhar Pillai AGS has some issues with Gemini. Mayajaal it is releasing.
  • Do you think the rumor surrounding Mahesh-Gautham Menon movie is true or will become true? Asked by: sandeep
  • Sreedhar Pillai I think Gautham Menon - Mahesh Babu film will happen sometime next year.
  • sir in which theatre r u watching thuppaki? Asked by: srinath
  • Sreedhar Pillai Most likely at Sathyam.
  • Sir ll thuppakki release in brookefields and kg (cbe)? Asked by: Barath
  • Sreedhar Pillai Negotiations between the multiplex and local distributor is going on, late evening will know the outcome.
  • Why this films in 1000 films fear of being flop Asked by: Tamilcinemalover
  • Sreedhar Pillai Film business is risky.
  • did u get any reviews abt thupaki frm ur media frnds..?? If yes.. Pls share it with us..! Asked by: Analan
  • Sreedhar Pillai Nobody from the media has seen the film so far. The press show is scheduled 4 tomorrow evening.
  • When will Tamil and especially Telugu movies start making some meaningful movies. Tired of seeing 5 song - 7 fight sequence routine. In that way Malayalam movies is way better.. Look at the recent movies like Usthad Hotel, Spirit, Traffic, Chappa Kurishu, Diamond necklace... Asked by: Nishad
  • Sreedhar Pillai Meaningful cinema has 2 b commercially successful 4 its makers. As far as Malayalam cinema is concerned the change is happening with films U have mentioned.
  • Any difference / improvement in promoting movies this diwali? Asked by: Viswanathan C
  • Sreedhar Pillai I think the social media (Twitter & FB ) have become more important this Diwali than previous years.
  • Sir any idea on approximate music launch of Kadal? Asked by: ajay
  • Sreedhar Pillai I think it will happen only end December. Gemini have brought all rights including audio from Mani Ratnam 4 Kadal
  • Sir why can't there be strong anti piracy rules , still i see shops selling new films DVDS and still people are downloading movies? Can we take strict steps to stop this menace? Asked by: Shyam M
  • Sreedhar Pillai Piracy is the biggest menace the industry is facing. Their has 2 b a united effort from anti-piracy wing of state governments and the industry 2 curb piracy.
  • Even if the movie is good do you think Thuppakki will make profit which has been made on a budget of 65 crores? Asked by: Arvind
  • Sreedhar Pillai It depends on the content, opening and the way it is marketed.
  • how is Thuppakki flim Asked by: bhoopathy
  • Sreedhar Pillai Yet 2 watch the film.
  • Sir overal hw many screen thuppakki is to be screened? Asked by: Barath
  • Sreedhar Pillai 1000 + screens.
  • sir can u please tell us about maattrran box office collection so far?? Asked by: ajay
  • Sreedhar Pillai The film is still running after 50 days can give U some numbers.
  • Is title of Ajith's upcoming film revealed tomrrow or not?? Asked by: Shiva
  • Sreedhar Pillai I don't know as they have kept everything under the wraps.
  • What is the future like to associate our films with some top brands? I read your post about JTHJ associating itself with a lot of brands? Any similar scene happening in TN? Or is it really needed? How important is it? Asked by: Viswanathan C
  • Sreedhar Pillai South producers 4 some vague reason or other do not like branding their films. But ultimately it is bound 2 happen.
  • sir abt podaa podi screen count? Asked by: srinath
  • Sreedhar Pillai The producer is releasing it mainly in TN & some overseas markets himself and he is looking around 350 to 400 screens.
  • pizza is trend setter movie ? Asked by: MKB
  • Sreedhar Pillai Yes Pizza is one of the biggest trendsetters of 2012.
  • thuppaki will release in kolkata tommorrow r not? Asked by: Senthilkumar
  • Sreedhar Pillai I don't think it is releasing in Kolkata, unless it has a tie-up with some multiplex chain.
  • What are ajith's upcoming films after vishnu project Asked by: Shiva
  • Sreedhar Pillai Ajith next film after Vishnuvardhan film will b the one with director Shiva.
  • Sir wat kind of film genre ll be vijay-a.l.vijay combo?action or romance ?sme rumours tat itz a luv story? Asked by: Barath
  • Sreedhar Pillai It is said to be a romantic comedy laced with action.
  • Hav you buked ur tckts sir?wen can v expect ur review abt thuppakki? Asked by: Barath
  • Sreedhar Pillai After I watch the film by 2moro evening.
  • is thuppaki going to release in ags and mayajaal Asked by: abc
  • Sreedhar Pillai No , as of now
  • When Viswaroopam will release? In recent media event Kamal said dont ask about release.. why sir? Asked by: Vasanth
  • Sreedhar Pillai Viswaroopam will release early next year after it finds a buyer.
  • Sir many rumours that after AL Vijay's movie vijay is going to do a movie with some new director called Nesan.. is it true..?? Asked by: Ezhil
  • Sreedhar Pillai Yes Vijay is going 2 b directed by debutant Nesan 4 a film which will b produced by Supergood RB Chowdhary.
  • I watched NAAN movie is one of best movies in 2012.but u rated only 2.5 stars why ? Asked by: MKB
  • Sreedhar Pillai It is a good movie, but was a bit 2 long that's why.
  • Ure saying that thuppaki is not releasing in mayajaal... but in mayajaal already booking was started..??? Asked by: Ezhil
  • Sreedhar Pillai I said it will release in Mayajaal after they agree 2 the distributors terms. They have agreed 2 terms & r booking has started .
  • A general question, any serious effort taken by industry people to release original DVDs at reasonable rates, which could help prevent pirated ones? Asked by: Viswanathan C
  • Sreedhar Pillai In TN political parties control major channels . Producers sell DVD rights along with television rights 2 the concerned channel.
  • Sir what happened to Sun Pictures? Is the case against them is still going on?? Will they come back?? Asked by: Praveen
  • Sreedhar Pillai Sun Pictures is lying low due 2 unfavorable political climate. But sure 2 bounce back.
  • Sri Best 5 Hollywood movies u watched. not popular movies Asked by: MKB
  • Sreedhar Pillai I have atleast 100 favorite Hollywood films, not possible 2 list all of them now. Argo which I saw recently is the best of 2012.
  • Almost all the big budget movies of this year was a flop.. is there any possibilites for thuppakki to bcome a hit.?? Asked by: Ezhil
  • Sreedhar Pillai If content is good, Why not ?
  • In last week DC gauthan said aft NEP release he ll reveal abt vj and yohan..ll it happen? Asked by: Barath
  • when maattrran released you told in your article on sify that surya has the huge market after rajini.does the scenario changed after the mixed response of maattrraan? Asked by: ajith
  • Sreedhar Pillai He had a phenomenal run so far,hits & flops r part of any superstar career.
  • why vijay releases his films only on festival days unlike other top actors? Asked by: shyam
  • Sreedhar Pillai A festival release gets U 10 to 15 % additional income. During a festival like Diwali families come out in large numbers 2 watch films.
  • Not screening the movie at AGS cinemas will have an impact on the collections of thuppakki? Asked by: Mugunth
  • Sreedhar Pillai Rs 35 to Rs 50 lakhs less.
  • Sir, would there be any effect of JTHJ on Thuppaki & Poda podi? Asked by: Kishen
  • Sreedhar Pillai JTHJ is releasing in just 40 screens in TN mainly in multiplexes. It can in no way eat into Thuppakki or Podaa Podi collections.
  • can Thuppakki able to cross 100cr mark in collection??? is there any chances sir!!! Asked by: Navin
  • Sreedhar Pillai Depends on the content and opening.
  • How much you think wed, thursday and Friday would affect collections of Diwali movies? Asked by: Praveen
  • Sreedhar Pillai Thursday and Friday r working days. Nothing like releasing on a weekend.
  • Since big actors movie with skyrocketing budgets carry a huge amount of risk at BO,will there be a scenario where in actors board in as co-producer without getting big salary but reap big returns if their movies do well? Would this bring positive change? It doesn't need to be actors alone but big directors as well ? What do you think ? Asked by: Dinakaran
  • Sreedhar Pillai Yes I feel our actors like Bollywood stars should demand only a percentage of profit as their salary. It's a win-win situation 4 all concerned.
  • This time any previous record broken in terms of number of screens etc. by any of the Diwali releases ? Asked by: Rahul
  • Sreedhar Pillai Not as off now
  • Why did GFC chose to release thupakki on 13th instead of 9th. They could have got a big 5-day opening instead of 1-2 opening now. Asked by: Madhesh
  • Sreedhar Pillai Picture was not ready. Had no other option but 2 release.
  • Sir What is the exact collection of nanban worldwide...Most of them said its a super hit film but you are not ? And why you not support vijay compared to surya or ajith ? Asked by: Balaji
  • Sreedhar Pillai In my yearender report I will come out with the numbers. I support all stars, not partial 2 anybody.

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