A host of movies featuring popular stars graced theatres this summer vacation. The heat was set with the release of Vijay's Ghilli, Ajith's Jana, Vikram's Arul, Madhavan's Ethiree and Surya's Peralagan. For the movie-buffs, it was indeed a party time.
Ghilli had wonderful opening in all theatres at all theatres and so was other movies because of the sheer presence of popular stars, whose fans thronged theatres in the first week. However, this week a heavy downpour in various parts and the election fever seems to have had their impact at the box-office. Ghilli still on top:Ghilli , a remake of Telugu hit Okkadu, produced by A M Rathnam and directed by Tharani with Vijay after a fantastic opening in all theatres, where the movie was screened started to dip.
AVM's Peralagan featuring Surya in a dual role was the next to do collect a good revenue. The movie a remake of Malayalam hit Kunji Koonan, released on 6 May is reportedly doing a good business. Once the election is over and results declared, it is expected that the movie would do good with more coming to theatres.
Vikram's Arul, a much expected movie seems to have failed in appeasing movie-buffs. After a sedate role in Pithamagan, Vikram is back in his usual action packed role. However with word publicity among masses not favorable to the masses, the movie is expected to do only a average business.
Next is Cheran's Autograph. The movie nearing its 100 days is still among the top 5 at the box-office, thanks to realistic portrayals and excellent characterization.
Ajith's Jana , a complete rehash of Rajnikanth's Basha and Madhavan's Ethiree directed by K S Ravikumar is making no waves at the box-office.
According to a regular filmgoer, 'a good movie will automatically succeed. All the films released this summer have their own strength and weakness. It's for the masses to decide.'