The film directed by Vinoth is Ajith's biggest project ever in terms of the hype surrounding it because of a few interesting factors
A still from Valimai
The shooting of H Vinoth's Valimai, starring Ajith in the lead, has been wrapped up and fans of the star can't wait to watch the movie in theatres this year. This is the second time the actor-director duo has teamed up after Nerkonda Paarvai, the remake of Pink, which was released in 2019. It is said that an announcement on the project's release date will be made soon. There are reports that the star will be seen playing a cop again in the movie which is set against the backdrop of bike racing.
Yogi Babu, Kartikeya Gummakonda and Pavel Navageethan among others play pivotal roles in the film, which marks the second Tamil project of Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi, who will be seen essaying the female lead in it. Nirav Shah and Thota Tharani handled cinematography and art direction respectively in the movie, which was announced much before Nerkonda Paarvai hitting the screens.
Why is the film riding on high expectations?
A film of Ajith doesn't need any specific reason to garner huge expectations among cinephiles of Tamil Nadu. However, there are a few factors which made Valimai the biggest ever film of the star in terms of the hype surrounding it. Vinoth's sophomore project, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, was liked by critics and audience alike, and fans of the star were elated when the news of the director teaming up with Ajith was out. Since the duo's first collaboration was a remake, fans hope Valimai will be the full-fledged action film they have been waiting for a long time from the star. Ajith's last action movie was Vivegam which didn't satisfy his legions of fans.
Moreover, it's been two-and-half years since fans got to watch a thorough entertainer from their favourite star. Though Nerkonda Paarvai, as a remake, did justice to a good extent to its original version and was liked by a section of fans, it wasn't the whistle-worthy mass entertainer which his fans would love to watch on big screen. The presence of Yuvan Shankar Raja, who has given foot-taping music in the star's earlier films, Dheena, Billa, Billa 2, Mankatha and Arrambam, in the crew is another reason why fans are overwhelmed about the project.
What made Valimai one of the most tweeted hashtags in India in 2021?
With hardly any official updates about the project after it went on floors, fans of the star became impatient as they felt that makers of every other stars' movies are coming up with frequent updates, which included first looks, teaser, motion poster, single releases, trailers and release dates. Quite disappointed with this, distressed fans started taking to Twitter to vent out their frustration by requesting and demanding an update from the film's makers. As the hero and director do not have a presence on Twitter, they used to constantly tag Boney Kapoor in their tweets.
After realizing that Boney isn't paying attention to them, they started doing things which Kollywood had never witnessed. They went all out to make the makers notice their displeasure over the lack of updates. A few videos of fans displaying placards with 'Valimai Update' written on it on cricket ground, political meetings and other public places went viral on social media. A miffed Ajith issued a press release asking fans to be patient and to maintain decorum in public places.
Later, all eyes were on May 1, as it was widely speculated that the first look of the film will be released on the star's birthday. But the makers postponed their plans to unveil the project's first look owing to the second wave of COVID-19, leaving fans heartbroken. A hardcore fan of Ajith was the talk of the town on social media in July after he was seen holding a placard asking for an update on the movie during the England vs Denmark semi-finals of Euro 2020 held at Wembley Stadium in UK.
How did the makers manage to satisfy the crazy and impatient fans?
The long-wait of Thala fans came to an end with the makers finally releasing a few stylish stills of the star on social media in the second week of July. The die-hard fans of the actor were more than excited to have got a glimpse of their matinee idol who bid adieu to his popular salt-and-pepper hairstyle in the pictures. As if this wasn't enough, a motion poster of the film was also released with pulsating BGM scored by Yuvan, leaving fans excited to the core. Earlier last month, the team also released the lyric video of Naanga Vera Maari, a colourful song which has Ajith shaking a leg with a group of dancers. Fans couldn't have asked for more
When will the film hit screens?
There was speculation that the film will hit screens on Deepavali this year. Fans of the star were excited from the time the speculation started doing the rounds on social media. Later, there was news that the movie will make it to the screens on October, making way to projects which were initially slated for a release on Deepavali. Though the team is yet to make an announcement, fans are hopeful that the movie being one of the most-awaited Kollywood projects of the year, will have a theatrical release this year itself.
Why are movie buffs excited about a possible clash at the box-office?
The industry is eagerly looking forward to know if the makers are planning the movie as a Deepavali release. If yes, it will take on Rajinikanth-starrer Annaatthe, which announced its arrival on Deepavali, earlier this year. If the clash becomes inevitable, it will bring back memories of 2019 Pongal season which witnessed the clash between Petta and Viswasam, which had Rajinikanth and Ajith in lead roles respectively. Though both the films opened to positive responses, the latter had an edge in Tamil Nadu box office. The movie, directed by Siva, was lapped up by family audience, thanks to the manner in which the story connected with them and a couple of chartbuster songs composed by D Imman. Interestingly, Annaatthe has Siva and Imman wielding the megaphone and composing music respectively.