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Posted on Nov 11, 04:31PM | UNI
Ace actor Kamal Hassan, keeping in with his agnostic oulook may not believe in the long tradition in Tamil film industry of releasing his just completed film on the auspicious Deewali festival day.
But this year, thanks to the vastly changed economics of producing and distributing a film, there are just three films in the pipeline in this era of Vijay-Surya-Vikram and Karthi fans as opposed to the erstwhile Sivaji-MGR Muthuraman-Jai Sankar era that ended in the late 70s.
In those days Deewali would would often have a rich crop of half a dozen or more releases. Thus come Tuesday, November 13 - out of the miniscule number, 'Ilaya Thalapathi'-as he is called by his fans, Vijay starrer 'Tupakki' in which he plays an army officer is hogging the limelight.
The film had to face a legal battle over its title as the producer of another film 'Kalla Tupakki' went to court. Directed by the talented A R Murugadoss, who has canned his fifth film, 'Tupakki'is being predicted as the expected box office hit.
For the 50 odd films-old Vijay too, its success is very important as he is looking for a 'hat-trick' of box office triumphs after 'Velayudam' and ' Nanban.
In his Deewali release, Vijay has the successful Tamil and Telugu heroine Kajal Agarwal as the leading lady.