In what is touted as one of the high points of Tamil cinema in 2023, Ajith Kumar’s Thunivu has clashed with Vijay’s Varisu at the box office. Trade experts predict a box office war this week between the two films. The two actors, Ajith and Vijay, are superstars in their own right, and it will be interesting to see how the two films will fare at the box office.
Thunivu is a heist thriller that has Ajith essaying the role of a bank robber. The trailer had him taking a bank hostage and demanding a huge sum. Unlike his previous ventures, Ajith seems to be playing a grey character in the film. It also stars actors Manju Warrier, John Kokken, and Samuthirakani. The movie has music by Ghibran.
The director of Thunivu, H Vinoth had earlier told indianexpress.com, “Thunivu is a multi-genre film with songs, comedy, fights, and everything you expect from a commercial film. To put it one line, it is a game of the wicked.” Thunivu marks Vinoth and Ajith’s third collaboration. The actor-director duo have earlier worked together in Nekronda Paarvai and Valimai.
Thunivu has received a good advance booking in Tamil Nadu. Film trade analyst Ramesh Bala shared on Twitter, “Excellent adv booking for both #Thunivu and #Varisu all over TN.” Speaking about the big box office clash between the two films, he also told Pinkvilla, “It is like Avengers and Avatar’s clash in Hollywood and Salman Khan-Shah Rukh Khan in Bollywood.”
Thunivu is largely entertaining as long as it stays cold and dark, and as long as Ajith walks, dances, and screams like a maniac. The moment it sobers up, it loses its wicked charm. Read More.
Excellent WOM for #AK ‘s #Thunivu in Bengaluru.. 🔥
Several sold out shows all over Karnataka.. pic.twitter.com/VmIfTLl80C
“Hoping to see an interesting and healthy competition between Varisu and Thunivu and the fans of #ThalapathyVijay anna and #ThalaAjith sir!😊❤️🔥,” Sibi Sathyaraj said via Twitter.
Arya shared on Twitter, “Wishing #Ajith sir #HVinoth brother and the whole team of #Thunivu a blockbuster hit 🔥🔥👍🤗 advance Pongal treat for all 👍👍.”
Darshan, who stars in Thunivu, tweeted, “Extremely happy to be a small part in #AK sir’s #Thunivu 😎 Thank you so much #HVinoth sir for this opportunity 😊😊🙏 Always grateful 🤗🙏 #ThunivuPongal #Ajithkumar𓃵 ♥️.”
#THUNIVUAatamArrambam screens are getting added at #Malaysia 🇲🇾 excellent reports from all over the globe! 🌍✨#THUNIVU 💥 #ThunivuFromToday💥 #ThunivuPongal ✨ #NoGutsNoGlory 💪🏻✨#AjithKumar #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor @ZeeStudios_ @BayViewProjOffl @LycaProductions @malikstreams https://t.co/2zE51M2ciI
More screens have been added for Ajith-starrer Thunivu in Malaysia.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar took to Twitter and wrote, “Wishing the whole team of #Thunivu a huge success… all the best to our #thala #ajith sir..and the whole team a blockbuster too.. 🤗🤗🤗.”
Sakshi Agarwal posted on Twitter, “Thalaaaa Vera level 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Mesmerized 🥳🥳 #Thunivu.”
Varisu actor R Sarath Kumar tweeted, “Enjoy the classic creation of #Thunivu during this festive season. My hearty wishes to team #Thunivu துணிவே துணை.”
Actor Arun Vijay tweeted, “Ajith sir’s killer SWAG!!💥💥💥 A treat for the audience… Action..Screenplay..Perfomance.. Message…👌🏾👌🏾 #Thunivu 💥💥💥Kudos to #HVinoth and team…👍🏽.”
#Thunivu is all yours 🔥🔥
Enjoy the festive season with family and friends✨✨#ThunivuFromToday #ThunivuPongal #Ajithkumar #HVinoth @zeestudios_ @bayviewprojoffl @redgiantmovies_ @kalaignartv_off @netflixindia @sureshchandraa #RomeoPictures @mynameisraahul @ghibranofficial pic.twitter.com/n8yWMiaMbP
Boney Kapoor shared a teaser of Ajith’s film and wrote, “#Thunivu is all yours 🔥🔥 Enjoy the festive season with family and friends✨✨.”
As per reports, both films are getting 80-90% occupancy in early shows. But the clash also means a share of the market, so the collections of both films might not be huge. It is a long extended weekend and holiday period so these Pongal releases can take advantage of that but it will depend on how Thunivu and Varisu are received.
A case has been reportedly filed against Vijay and Ajith fans for violating rules in Puducherry. A complaint has been filed against both fans for putting up banners without permission in areas including Annasalai, Thirammalai Adigal road. 10 cases were registered against Vijay and Ajith fans in various police stations.
Ajith and Vijay’s movie shows will have the Tamil version of Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham’s Pathaan trailer.
#THUNIVU 💥 day is here! ✨ As we celebrate the release, we take a look back at the wonderful experiences we had while promoting the film! 🤩#ThunivuFromToday💥 #MyThunivuPongal ✨ #NoGutsNoGlory 💪🏻✨#AjithKumar 😎 #HVinoth 🎬 @BoneyKapoor @ZeeStudios_ 🪙 @BayViewProjOffl pic.twitter.com/XGfRMT0qaX
Lyca Productions tweeted, “#THUNIVU 💥 day is here! ✨ As we celebrate the release, we take a look back at the wonderful experiences we had while promoting the film! 🤩 #ThunivuFromToday💥 #MyThunivuPongal ✨ #NoGutsNoGlory 💪🏻✨.”
AK fan @Venkatesh_ET took to Twitter to post, “#Thunivu / #Thegimpu :- #Ajith excelled in Stylish action drama.. ❤️🔥⭐#HVinoth came up with Social massage Superb action sequences.. but only minus was routine story. Passable pongal mixture for fans.”
A Twitter user @Suresht_27 posted, “#Thunivureview SuperB Movie 🎥wonderfully done by H.Vinoth Team. AK @ #Thala did it EXCEPTIONALLY well. As a Fan and as a family can enjoy it without any backlogs 💕 Can’t be better Pongal Treat.”
@Mahesh_Bourbon tweeted, “What Made #Thunivu as Special than #Varisu? Screenplay is Lengthy and Predictable Scenes in Varisu. But Other end , Vinoth had Other Idea’s ✌️💥 Yup.. Peppy song,Comedy, Few VJ Scenes Saved film but in Thunivu Story is well Narrated and Explained Very Well 🏌️ Thunivu : Won.”
#WATCH | Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Fans of actor Ajith Kumar and of actor Vijay burst firecrackers, dance and celebrate outside a movie theatre as they gather to watch the former’s #Thunivu and the latter’s #Varisu
Both films have released on the same day after 8 years. pic.twitter.com/3YKX2gtMRe
Both Ajith Kumar and Vijay’s fans were seen bursting firecrackers, dancing and celebrating outside a movie theatre as they gathered to watch the films Thunivu and Varisu.
The Ajith fan lost his life during the Thunivu movie celebration in Chennai. ANI reported, “Bharath Kumar, a fan of actor Ajith Kumar, who jumped in excitement from a slow-moving lorry succumbed to injuries on Poonamallee highways near Rohini theatre, Chennai. Case registered. He had come to watch Thunivu film’s 1 am show at the theater: Police officials.”
Speaking about working with Ajith for five years in a row, H Vinoth told indianexpress.com, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It is pretty comfortable for me, so why not? To put it even more bluntly, the hero is giving me a chance to work with him for this long. So, I took it. Also, with any professional relationship, there will be small arguments and misunderstandings. Sometimes, his suggestions were right and sometimes mine were. But it comes down to trust. The belief that he has in me, and vice versa.”