Ponniyin Selvan's Tamil version won't release in Canada after KW Talkies faces threats. Details – India Today

By India Today Web Desk: Ponniyin Selvan is slated to open in theatres in five languages — Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada — on Friday, September 30. Those living in Canada will, however, will not be able to watch its Tamil version. On Thursday, September 29, distribution company KW Talkies announced that the multiplex chain Landmark has decided against releasing it in this region due to "continued threats". Ponniyin Selvan is a period drama, directed by Mani Ratnam.

KW Talkies has taken to Twitter to inform fans that Ponniyin Selvan's Tamil version will not make it to theatres in Canada. The company had an understanding with Landmark to screen it in 20 locations. The multiplex chain, however, decided to 'reconsider' the decision due to threats.
"It’s very unfortunate and shameful that the biggest movie chains in the country won’t show this epic and eagerly movie on their screens. Tamil movie lovers in Canada deserve better. Our hands are tied without the largest exhibitors accepting our requests for the Tamil version. The exhibitors and their film buyers will not commit without assurances that vandalism will not happen. Whoever did this vandalism and sent these threats has done a huge disservice to the community," (sic) the statement further read.
Here is the tweet:
Statement from us about why #PS1Tamil is not releasing in @CineplexMovies and @LandmarkCinemas #PS1TamilInCanada #PS1TamilInCineplex #PS1TamilInLandmark @LycaProductions @MadrasTalkies_ pic.twitter.com/ePkjeF1d5Y — KW Talkies (@kwtalkies) September 28, 2022

Ponniyin Selvan is touted to be a potential game-changer for the Tamil film industry. The two-part franchise has reportedly been shot on a budget of Rs 500 crore, making it one of Lyca's most ambitious projects. . The cast is headlined by Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jayaram, and Kishore, among others. The film is slated to open in theatres on September 30, a day after Dhanush's Naane Varuven. Ponniyin Selvan's sequel is expected to hit the screens 9 months after the first part.

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