Pokkiri creates magic worldwide

After meeting with the officials of Chennai’s movie distribution, we get the smashing news that Pokkiri has done 100% collections at almost all centres in Chennai till date, with every theatre reporting housefull shows on a stretch of days and weeks.

Take for instance the recently concluded one day cricket match at Chennai between India and West Indies. Its a normal practice that collections of Tamil films take a beating whenever cricket matches are played across the country. Added to that, this time the cricket match was played in Chennai, the major stronghold area for Tamil films and the heart of Kollywood.

But Pokkiri had no problems at all in its collections due to the ODI match. The theatre owners reported housefull shows even when the match was going on, which was a bit of a surprise for the trade.

The movie is doing extraordinary business all over Tamil Nadu and also has done amazing business at many places worldwide. The movie has been declared a super-hit already by the trade and its only a matter of time before its declared a blockbuster. The movie has opened new avenues for Vijay in other parts of the world, and has increased his fan base manifolds. Everyone associated with the industry are raving about the film’s success and are not willing to predict what the final collections figures are going to be.

Special mention needs to be made about Devi theatre in Chennai. Right from Day one, the film has been witnessing housefull shows at the 1000+ seater. Many of our friends have also posted the stills of housefull boards at the Devi theatre (Check out our site gallery). This is a record for Devi theatre which has never witnessed this type of collections for any Tamil movie released at the prestigious theatre in Chennai.

Final Verdict: Indha Pongal Nammakku Semma Collection maa….

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Grand sets for Vijay’s film!

VijayA grand set is being put up in a Chennai studio for Vijay’s film ‘Azhagiya Thamizh Magan.’ A surprise element in this film is the bunch of comedians.


Vijay is riding high on the success of ‘Pokkiri.’ He now wants his action film ‘Azhagiya Thamizh Magan’ to do better than ‘Pokkiri.’ A lot of importance is being given to comedy in the film.

The comedy team includes Santhanam, Sathyan, M.S. Bhaskar and others. The trend of putting up grand sets for Vijay’s films started with ‘Thirumalai.’ Films like ‘Thirumalai’ and ‘Gilli’ which featured grand sets were super hits.

It’s not clear if it is this sentiment or if the scenes really demand it that is behind grand sets for ‘Azhagiya Thamizh Magan.’ This will include a hospital, shopping complex, police station and so on, that will look like a prominent locality in Chennai.

Director Bharathan has kept this location a secret!

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Scaling heights with `Pokkiri’

Another race, another victory! At the moment Vijay is basking in the joy of winning with his new film.


Vijay’s victory saga continues. And when you meet him at the commodious room in his home in Neelankarai, Chennai, a week after the release of `Pokkiri,’ his smug smile conveys this much. “After `Aadhi’ in January last, I had no release till `Pokkiri.’ For nearly six months I was listening to stories but none appealed. That’s when I got to watch the Telugu `Pokkiri.’ I felt it would work. Now reports are coming in that it has. The year has started off well,” smiles Vijay. The actor rarely smiles, but when he does his eyes light up. You can’t expect constant chirpiness in your conversation with Vijay. He’s quite the serious kind.

As far as choosing a script goes, Vijay’s criterion is simple. “Some element in it should stir a chord in me. If it does I’m game. Call it instinct or hunch, the truth is, it has worked for me most of the time,” he says. But for a Vijay film `Aadhi’ can’t be termed a huge success. Unruffled by the poser (in fact, throughout the exchange the actor maintains a calm maturity that belies his age), Vijay leans forward to explain, “I agree. That’s because my two earlier projects [`Thiruppachi’ and `Sivakasi’] were massive hits.” So was `Gilli.’ “Yeah! Distributors have been calling me up to say that for them `Pokkiri’ is like a double `Gilli.’ But in all fairness you can’t compare the two films now. `Pokkiri’ is just out.”

Prabhu Deva has re-entered the Tamil arena in a director’s garb with `Pokkiri.’ Responds Vijay: “I was very much taken in by the way he had made his first Telugu film, `Nuvostanante Naenodhantana’ (`Unakkum Enakkum’ in Tamil) So as soon as we decided on the remake of `Pokkiri,’ the first name that came to my mind was Prabhu Deva. We approached him and he agreed.”

Doesn’t he intend getting out of the action formula? “No. Mine is the commercial route. But once in a while, if I get a project like `Kadhalukku Mariyaadhai,’ I’d love to do it,” he explains.

Under Deva’s direction

It took Vijay just three days of work to find his footing with Prabhu Deva.

“I understood what he expected and the sync was perfect. He’s quite a perfectionist. He would patiently explain, act out and go on goading you till he got what he wanted, but would never upset the mood of the actors,” smiles Vijay.

On the amazing dance skills of Prabhu Deva, Vijay says: “He’s so good that I was kind of nervous … He choreographed one song. He knew my strong points in dance and devised steps accordingly. He was around when we shot other songs too, improvising here and there. Even in the fights, he suggested effective changes.”

`Pokkiri’ is Vijay’s second film with Asin, after `Sivakasi.’ “She’s a natural actor and her underplay is superb. She would absorb what the director says and come out with the right reactions without overdoing things. I think it’s so with many of the actors from Kerala.”

Generally heroines in Vijay’s films have little to do. “Not so. Just watch `Pokkiri,'” he interrupts.

Ask him about his favourite leading ladies in his films, he pauses for just a moment: “Trisha and Asin. I like Trisha’s cute expressions in song sequences in films such as `Unakkum Enakkum.’ She doesn’t stop with mere movements,” he adds.

Vadivelu provides the humour angle in `Pokkiri.’ “He plays a kung fu master. His attire with that weird hairstyle had us in splits every time he entered the sets,” Vijay laughingly recalls. “The track was entirely Prabhu Deva’s idea. The Telugu version did not have it.”

Vijay seems to have a penchant for Mani Sharma’s music — `Shahjahan,’ `Youth’ and now `Pokkiri.’ “Yes. Even his racy numbers have a touch of melody. And it is melody that sustains a song. We’ve not taken any of the songs from Telugu. Including the re-recording, Mani composed fresh for us,”

Vijay’s next project is `Azhagiya Thamizh Magan,’ produced by Appachan, (of `Friends’ fame), and directed by Dharani’s associate Bharathan. The heroine is Shriya.

Is `Pokkiri’ an image-boosting exercise for the hero whom a recent TV survey projects as the next `superstar’? “I rate it as my best commercial film so far. [Of course, it’s a matter of opinion.] Nothing has been thrust into `Pokkiri’ for effect. And when they talk about this survey made from among the public, it makes me feel more responsible. It inspires me to give my fans my best in return for the confidence they have in my potential,” says Vijay.

by Malathi Rangarajan, The Hindu 

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Vijay tastes Vijay

Vijay has made a perfect start this year with his Pokiri opening big. The shooting for his next Azhagiya Tamil Magan directed by Bharathan has kicked off.

What’s the secret of Vijay’s success?

The actor is very simple. He says, “I just do what the audience expects from me. I don’t experiment too much on the screen. What comes naturally I do it”.

The actor has a fan-following not just among the youngsters but also the children and womenfolk in the State.

Says Vijay, “I just go the way MGR went. Go by instincts in picking my stories. The good or bad does not affect me personally”.

Link: http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/28772.html

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Azhagiya Tamil Magan – Movie Launched with fanfare

Ilayathalapathy’s Azhagiya Tamil Magan (ATM) to be directed by Bharathan, went on floors at a grand muhurat held at AVM Studios in Chennai today (24.01.2007) in which the bigwigs of the industry took part. The entire event was held in a grand manner, but with the absence of Ilayathalapathy. The crowd was all cheered up as they could witness Mrs. Sangeetha (Ilayathalapathy’s Wife) and Mr S.A.Chandrasekhar (Ilayathalapathy’s Dad) who graced the occasion and lit the Kuthu Vilakku.

Director Bharathan, a one time associate of Dharani who gave us the blockbuster flick “Ghilli” gave all credits to Vijay for accepting to be part of the movie. He said that Vijay will give a new dimension to the film. Shreya plays Vijay’s ladylove in the movie. The movie also stars Glam Doll Namitha in an important role.

Official Website of Azhagiya Tamil Magan : http://www.atmthefilm.com

The muhurat was attended by directors Dharani, Perarasu, actors Shreeman, ‘Jayam’ Ravi among others. The movie has musical score by ‘Isai Puyal’ A.R.Rahman. According to producer Appachan, ‘We are planning to release Azhagiya Tamil Magan on July’.

The event also witnessed a surprise visit of ‘Isai Puyal’ A.R.Rahman whose presence added a lot of vibrance to the gathering.

VFN Team were present from start to end of the fucntion and it was VFN that managed to take pictures of A.R.Rahman while the other media had their absence.

View the exclusive Launch stills, Videos, and ATM teams’ Interviews only at www.vijaynet.com

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I’m following MGR’s way – Vijay

VijayThe stories are not different; the get-ups are not different; no film is different from the other. Despite that, Vijay’s films continue to work well and that in itself is a difference.

We asked Vijay about this.

“Please don’t make me out to be some Thomas Alva Edison who has discovered a success formula,” said a jovial Vijay in a departure from his usual reticent behavior. “Such a formula has been followed from MGR’s times to make a film a commercial success. When this makes everyone happy, it strikes me that this formula is not bad at all.

The Puratchi Thalaivar followed this formula and I’m following his way. I am for it, so I don’t intend to change route needlessly. I choose the story according to my mindset. Though most of my films become hits because of that, sometimes it just does not work. But I don’t break my head about why this or that happened.”

He’s indeed clear in his thoughts!

Link: http://www.cinesouth.com/masala/hotnews/new/25012007-4.shtml

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‘Azhagiya Thamizh Magan’ starts today!

VijayEncouraged by the success of ‘Pokkiri,’ Vijay is all ready to start work on his next project. It is an original Tamil film titled ‘Azhagiya Thamizh Magan.’

The film is being directed by Bharathan, who has assisted Dharani in ‘Gilli’ as well as other films. This is Bharathan’s first film as a director.

Bharathan had written the dialogues for ‘Gilli.’ Vijay had liked the story Bharathan had narrated to him then and went on to give his call sheet for the film. The shooting starts today.

The film is produced by Appachan’s Swargachitra. During ‘Friends,’ Appachan had asked for Vijay’s call sheet as well as given him advance for the next project. What started a few years ago, finally finds fruit in ‘Azhagiya Thamizh Magan’ now.


After ‘Udaya,’ AR Rehman composes music for Vijay’s film now. Camera is by Balasubramaniam. Anthony does the film coortdination and Fefsi Vijayan composes the stunt scenes.

Bharathan has a proper script in place and is starting shooting with firm ideas. So it could well be that ‘Azhagiya Thamizh Magan’ will also be a competitor for ‘Sivaji’ and ‘Dasavataram’!

Link: http://www.cinesouth.com/masala/hotnews/new/24012007-2.shtml

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