In what is touted as one of the high points of Tamil cinema in 2023, Ajith Kumar’s Thunivu is a clash with Vijay’s Varisu. Though Varisu and Thunivu released together, trade experts predicted a box office war this weekend 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 film 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 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.”
A fan @CinemaWithAB tweeted, “Appreciation post for #AjithKumar👏👏 His swag, style, screen presence, dialogue delivery etc…everything excelled with his extraordinary efforts👌🤩 Personally felt this is the best performance of #AK in recent years💥#Thunivu”.
Shows for both Vijay and Ajith’s films Varisu and Thunivu, respectively, began at 1 am and 4 am. As the fans gathered in large numbers, police had to lathi-charge at several locations. After Ajith’s fans tore down a banner of Vijay’s Varisu placed in the theatres, Vijay’s fans also tore many banners of Ajith’s Thunivu. This has stirred up an on-field battle between both fan clubs, and police officials came in to calm the situation.
Ajith stars in a decent heist film that is weighed down by generic tropes. The setup of Ajith and H Vinoth’s heist film is intriguing, but when the director finally shows all his cards, it’s not the royal flush one would want it to be.
READ THE FULL THUNIVU REVIEW HERE
Ramesh Bala shared his view for Thunivu and tweeted, “#Thunivu [4/5] : #AK ‘s attitude.. Dialogue delivery.. Action.. 360 degree action sequence.. The way he handles guns.. All 3 songs.. More than ticket price worth..Money message is a bonus.”
#WATCH | Tamil Nadu: Fans of Ajith Kumar tore posters of Vijay starrer #Varisu & fans of Vijay tore posters of Ajith Kumar starrer #Thunivu outside a movie theatre in Chennai
Both films have released on the same day after 8 yrs, people gathered in large numbers to watch them. pic.twitter.com/rahM76Gcjk
Ajith Kumar starrer Thunivu and Vijay starrer Varisu have released on the same day, and fans are not happy with this clash. Some Ajith Kumar fans tore posters of Vijay starrer Varisu outside a movie theatre in Chennai.
Actor Kabir Duhan Singh tweeted, “#Thunivu & #Vaarisu❤️❤️ Best wishes to both the brilliant actors #ajith sir & #vijay sir. will watch both in mumbai 👍👍.”
AK Fans are VERA MAARI 🔥
Such a creative Mass Cutout placed in our Venue for #Thunivu Celebrations 😎
Vera level nga Nenga Vera level 🎇#ThunivuInRamCinemas pic.twitter.com/VOrYvGXxxP
Fans unveil creative cut outs of Ajith Kumar on the eve of Thunivu’s release.
With less than 5⃣ hrs to go for #ThunivuPongal ✨ Just looking back at yesterday’s glimpse of #THUNIVU 💥 at @Nasdaq 💸#ThunivuFromTomorrow💥 #MyThunivuPongal 💥 #NoGutsNoGlory 💪🏻✨#AjithKumar 😎 #HVinoth 🎬 @BoneyKapoor @ZeeStudios_ 🪙 @BayViewProjOffl @LycaProductions pic.twitter.com/xqtKqNshcf
#thunivu ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2BzEYJoTKb
Malayalam actor Manju Warrier plays an important role in Ajith-starrer Thunivu.
We are all set for the #ThunivuPongal 💥 Tomorrow!
Here’s #THUNIVU 💥 AUS 🇦🇺 & NZ 🇳🇿 theatre list 📽️#ThunivuFromTomorrow💥 #MyThunivuPongal 💥 #NoGutsNoGlory 💪🏻✨#AjithKumar 😎 #HVinoth 🎬 @BoneyKapoor @ZeeStudios_ 🪙 @BayViewProjOffl @SouthernStarInt pic.twitter.com/BivRvjGd94
Ajith’s Thunivu will also be released in Australia and New Zealand on January 11.
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.”