Ashok Selvan and Shanthnu’s much-awaited sports drama film Blue Star finally has a release date. Helmed by debutant director S Jayakumar, the upcoming movie will hit the cinemas on January 25, coinciding with Republic Day weekend. The makers of the film recently shared the update on social media. “The pitch is set. The teams are geared up. And the game is on #BlueStar is all set for its worldwide release, delivering in cinemas from 25th January #BlueStarFromJan25” (sic),” read the X (formerly, Twitter) post.
Blue Star will be racing at the box office along with other major releases, including Mohanlal’s Malaikottai Vaaliban and Hrithik Roshan starrer Fighter. With major releases across languages, it is hard to predict how well Ashok’s sports drama will perform at the ticket window. The actor had a decent outing with his latest comedy drama Saba Nayagan.
What inspired the story of Blue Star, with Ashok Selvan and Shanthnu in the lead
Blue Star marks the first collaboration between Ashok and Shanthnu. Speaking about the film, director Jayakumar said in an interview that it’s ‘close to his heart’. “I was born and brought up in a small village called Perumuchi, near Arakonam. For people of Arakkonam, sports have been an integral part of their lives. Many people in the village have received government jobs under sports quota. And cricket is one of the most played sports, with over half of the villagers enthusiastically playing in the grounds of my village. Having grown up in such an environment, I wrote the screenplay for Blue Star with those experiences. Ashok, Shanthnu and Prithvi are all brilliant at playing cricket in real-life too, so their performance in the film will definitely feel organic,” he elaborated.
Tamil audiences’ love for sports dramas
Sports films have always been well received by Tamil audiences. From Sarpatta Parambarai to Chennai 600028, viewers have often welcomed sports-based dramas. Blue Star revolves around a spirited competition between two cricket teams, spearhaded by Ranjith and Rajesh (Ashok Selvan and Shanthnu). However as political influences come into play, the game goes downhill, eventually turning into a socio-political issue. How the teams overcome this turbulent situation can be seen on January 25 at cinemas near you.