Chennai Express is running to full houses in several theaters across Tamil Nadu.
Vijay’s Tamil film Thalaivaa, slated for release on August 9, hit a block in the last minute following some objections, Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan along with Deepika Padukone in the lead, has been “well” received in Tamil Nadu.
Thalaivaa hit the block due to objections by a man called Karnan, hailing from Tirunelveli in the state, who claims the movie was based on the life of his grandfather S S Kandaswamy and his father S K Ramaswamy who live in Dharavi in Mumbai.
A few theaters in Chennai also received bomb threats from a little known outfit Tamil Nadu Oppressed Students Revolutionary Force, who supported the arguments of Karnan, prompting the theater owners to cancel bookings, which began on Wednesday.
Film industry sources said people who had already booked for tickets for Thalaivaa were asked to come to the counter for the refund of their money.
However, many opted for Chennai Express as the tickets were available as desired by them – including the timing and day.
Considering Vijay’s mass appeal, tickets would have been booked for a week. However, as the theaters decided to refund the money, people preferred to watch Chennai Express as it was also released on the same day.