Vijay-starrer Varisu is out in theatres. Also starring Rashmika Mandanna, the film has been directed by Vamshi Paidipally, and produced by Dil Raju.
At the audio launch of the film, producer Dil Raju called it a complete family entertainer that will please Vijay’s fans across all age groups. The film clashes with Ajith’s Thunivu as they are both releasing on the same date. Earlier, Dil Raju ignited some controversy amongst the two stars’ fan base as he said that Vijay was a bigger star than Ajith.
In an interview with a Telugu channel, he said, “In Tamil Nadu, Ajith sir’s film is coming out with my film. In Tamil Nadu, Vijay sir is the number 1 star. Everybody knows that. There are 800-odd screens in the state and I’m begging them to give me more than 400 screens. I’m requesting at least 50 more screens. This is business. Even though I have a big film, I have to beg for screens. It’s not a monopoly, right?”
In 2014, Vijay’s Jilla clashed against Ajith’s Veeram and fan groups of the two stars have been in a dispute since then. The fan battle first came to light in 2001 when Ajith’s Dheena and Vijay’s Friends clashed at the box office.
Trade analyst Ramesh Bala compared it to Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan clashing at the box office and told Pinkvilla, “It is like Avengers and Avatar’s clash in Hollywood and Salman Khan-Shah Rukh Khan in Bollywood.” He added that since Tamil Nadu has around 1000 screens, the division of screens between the two stars has been a point of debate.
Varisu is a mix-mash of many films including Srimanthudu, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, Atharintiki Daaredi, and every other iteration of that one story about the succession of the reluctant son, who turns out to be the only hope to save the empire/family. READ MORE.
Director Cibi Chakaravarthi tweeted, ‘So happy to see Vintage @actorvijay sir on screen .. Truly thee Thalapathy 🔥🔥Congratulations to entire #TeamVarisu for the Blockbuster @directorvamshi.’
Varisu director Vamshi Paidipally wrote with the photo, “Thank You for all the overwhelming Love for #Varisu… Thank You Nanbas and Nanbis.. ❤️ Thank You Thalapathy @actorvijay Sir for all Your Trust.. 🤗.”
Film producer Dhananjayan posted on Twitter, “My best wishes to #Varisu & #Thunivu Teams. Expecting both the films to set the box office on fire during these Pongal holidays & make everyone happy (audience, theatres, distributors & producers.”
And the celebrations of #Varisu begin !!!#VarisuPongal #BlockbusterVarisu 🔥🔥🔥#Thalapathy @actorvijay sir @directorvamshi @MusicThaman @iamRashmika @7screenstudio @TSeries #VarisuPongal pic.twitter.com/Lci0piZYGF
Varisu director Vamshi Paidipally and producer Dil Raju met Vijay on Wednesday.
Actor Mahendran, who was seen in Vijay’s Master, shared on Twitter, “Darling @actorvijay na ungha energy, Screen Presence and performance ellamae top class loved it 🥳 Specially Neenghalum and #Jayasudha madam combo paakumboodhu Shoba Amma va paathamari irrundhuchu @MusicThaman bro killed it 💯 #Varisu perfect casting and congrats team 🎬❤️.”
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar took to Twitter and wrote, “Wishiinnnnnggggg our favorite #Thalapathy @Vijay saaarrrr @realsarathkumar daddy @directorvamshi sir #DilRaju sir and the whole team of #Varisu all the veryyyyyy bestttt…just can’t wait to watch it. Loveeee you #Thalapathy muahhhhhhh….#fangirl foreverrrrrr.”
Full positive reviews for #Varisu in Kerala, the fort of #ThalapathyVijay pic.twitter.com/LHHfPl0gvh
Indianexpress.com’s Manoj Kumar R tweeted, “#Varisu has so much entertainment to offer. #Vijay delivers an enjoyable performance! I liked the self-aware nature of the movie. Its memorable references to popular TV shows/movies are another highlight. @Lyricist_Vivek has made a strong contribution to keeping the movie light, breezy and funny. Watch out for the boardroom scene, it’s an unmistakable riff on the scene from #AlaVaikunthapurramuloo. In that movie #AlluArjun paid homage to stars in his family. In #Varisu, #Vijay pays an ode to #Vijay.”
He further tweeted, “@realsarathkumar has done a solid job. He really sells his act. One minute an aragonite man who thinks he has everything under control, the next is a defeated man, who realizes he has messed up.”
@BrownSand_off tweeted, “#Varisu – 2.8 / 5 Positives #ThalapathyVijay; Negatives -Slow Narration -Not able to connect emotionally -Predictable scenes -100’s of time used story -No innovation in screenplay -Lengthy Scenes -Many studio green mat scenes.”
Wasn’t @khushsundar supposed to be a part of #Varisu?? Didn’t c her in the film! pic.twitter.com/G4YHwqWtEC
Kushboo Sundar was said to be playing a role in Vijay-starrer Varisu. While the actor had also expressed his gratitude for the actor at the film’s audio launch, many are shocked that she was not seen in the film.
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.
Ajith and Vijay’s movie shows will have the Tamil version of Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham’s Pathaan trailer.
A fan @Theri__sandy tweeted, “A Pakka Family entertainment Commercial Movie in Kollywood – #Varisu 💯Don’t underestimate the Power of Family audience for Vijay Movies 💥💪 #BlockBusterVarisu #VarisuPongal”.
A fan @z3r0_m4n shared via Twitter, “#Varisu A complete family entertainer as it promised and promoted. Definitely a crowd puller. If #Thunivu delivers all the promised elements for an Action Thriller genre film, then it should definitely win this Pongal battle. If not you can decide who owns the k-town’s collection.”
#Trisha sir Trisha 😍😍😍😍😍 Behind me 😭 Watch Thalapathy she says haha 😍 #Varisu #ThalapathyVijay #Thalapaathy67 @trishtrashers @actorvijay pic.twitter.com/2l65uxP66n
Trisha was spotted at Vijay-starrer Varisu’s FDFS.
We won @MusicThaman @actorvijay na 🫂❤️#BlockBusterVarisu #Varisu @directorvamshi pic.twitter.com/CBroj6F8L1
Team Varisu were seen very emotional after the first day first show of the film.
#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.
This is not Tamilnadu !!
This is France 🇫🇷 #Varisu 🔥
Record Opening in France 🇫🇷💪@directorvamshi @MusicThaman @7screenstudio #VarisuFrance #VarisuFranceCelebration #VarisuPongal pic.twitter.com/V2A4LdY1Gx
A Vijay fan page shared a video and wrote, “This is not Tamilnadu !! This is France 🇫🇷 #Varisu 🔥 Record Opening in France 🇫🇷💪.”
Sridevi Sreedhar gave the film four stars out of five and wrote in her Varisu review, “After a breezy, entertaining first half it is Dharmayudham in the second half as #Thalapathy says! A Perfect Pongal treat for families who are sure to enjoy it. Go for it! #Vijay fans, this one is designed for u and ur family! #VarisuPongal #VarisuReview.”
Trade analyst Sreedhar Pillai told Pinkvilla that both films might churn out an opening weekend of Rs 150 crore in Tamil Nadu. He added that the films could have avoided the clash if the makers or the stars would have had a healthy chat about it. “I personally think, if both the producers would have sat over the table or both the actors could have called each other to avoid the clash, that could have been much better for the industry. But in this case, the competition is big and the Southern stars have big egos about who is number one. Even in Bollywood, I don’t see such clashes because there, distributors sit together and discuss but here, star power is overpowering stakeholders, distributors, cinema owners and so, they really don’t have a say. A healthy two-week gap would have been advisable,” he said.
In Telugu states, Varisu’s release has been postponed by three days to avoid a clash with Thunivu. Vaarasudu, the film’s Telugu version, will hit the screens of January 14. In Telugu states, Ajith’s film is not facing any competition against Vijay but they will have to face Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya and Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy.
Veera Simha Reddy is releasing on January 12 and Waltair Veerayya is releasing on January 13, which means that Thunivu will get a headstart in this sector.