Vivegam which stars Thala Ajith has continued its great run at the box office crossing Rs 100 crore in collections after the first weekend. According to trade analyst Ramesh Bala, the film has grossed Rs 69 crore in India and Rs 36.50 crore worldwide, thus joining the coveted 100-crore club.
Vivegam released on August 24th to mixed reviews across critics. However, that doesn’t seem to have dampened the film’s earning abilities as it minted money both before and after its release. The film has collected a whooping Rs 48.50 crore in Tamil Nadu in its first four days. The movie has also smashed city box office record earning Rs 5.75 crores in the long weekend. It has become the fastest movie to cross the Rs 4 crore mark in Chennai, taking just three days to touch the mark.
Vivegam has received a massive opening, thanks to Ajith's cult star status. The movie had earned Rs 33.08 crore on its opening day and Rs 20 crore on the second day. Industry trackers has already predicted the movie will earn Rs 100 crore by the end of the opening weekend.
Ajith's biggest release yet, no other movie had released during the Vinayaga Chaturthi holiday weekend, fearing a clash with Vivegam. Tickets for the movie had sold out within minutes and special screenings had to be held to accommodate the growing demand.
Vivegam, Tamil superstar Ajith’s next, is riding on great pre-release buzz. The film is among the most eagerly awaited films this year. In fact, some are of the opinion that it is bigger than a Rajinikanth’s Kabali and if all goes well, it might get a bigger opening than even Thalaiva’s last release (Rs 21 crore). Nothing gets bigger than that in Kollywood.
As per theatre owners, the tickets for the opening weekend were a sell-out. Tickets at multiplexes for the first days went in minutes and booking systems of many theatres crashes in seconds after they began online booking. On Thursday, Chennai city alone will have over 300 shows of Vivegam, which is a record of sorts. In Tamil Nadu, the film releases in more than 700 theatres.
What makes the film so anticipated:
Siva and Ajith combination
In Kollywood today, the Siva and Ajith combination is among the most successful teams. The first time they came together was for Veeram (2014) which went on to be a megahit. They repeated their success with Vedalam (2015) and now they have collaborated again in Vivegam (2017). What makes this team tick? Faith in each other’s talents.
International spy drama
International terrorism (or at least that’s what the trailer would have us believe) and seeing our own ‘guy’ fighting them is a great high. Remember Baby when Akshay and his boys went around the world to nab a global terrorist, hostile towards India? Well, to be fair, we have had quite a few stories like that in the last 20 years, but now the stories are being told with far greater finesse. What’s more, the plot takes ‘our’ hero all over the world. Ajith plays an Indian Interpol officer who reaches Malaysia to find a high-profile gangster, according to IMDB. From there, the story moves to Slovenia and Serbia.
Film’s foreign crew, daring stunts
Vivegam’s story of a cop chasing a criminal may be as old as the hills, but narration is likely to make all the difference. Vivegam is an action thriller, shot in picturesque locations. Naturally then, its crew will have to be special to make the cinematic experience special.
Hollywood action director/choreographer Jorian Ponomareff, who has previously worked on films like Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, has worked on some of the stunts that feature in the film. He had posted a video on his Facebook page in December 2016 praising Ajith.
Anirudh Ravichander’s pulsating music
Vivegam has music by Kollywood’s hot favourite – Anirudh Ravichander. Known for his range – he has given lilting melodies to pulsating numbers – Anirudh’s talent has never been in question. When in June this year, Surviva released, the song went viral in no time. The song teaser, which was Tamil and English, is groovy and high on energy. Small wonder it was an instant hit. As of today, the song has garnered more than 12 million (12,443,423) hits.
Kollywood’s best talent
While Ajith is its chief draw, the film also boasts of good support cast. Kajal Aggarwal plays Ajith’s wife and brings in romance and glamour while Akshara Haasan (whose role is under wraps) makes her Tamil debut with the film. Bollywood’s Vivek Oberoi too is making his Kollywood debut. He plays the antagonist, a former colleague of Ajith’s character, who turns rogue.
Long-time collaborator of director Siva, Vetri is the cinematographer for Vivegam. Of all the films Siva has made, Vetri has been part of six,
“Vetri is a very special friend. Whenever I write a script, he is the first person I narrate it to. And he always gives me genuine opinions. So when I told him the story and screenplay of Vivegam, he immediately said the movie is going to be extraordinary. His skills with the camera are incredible. I have been behind the camera for almost 14 films, so I know how tough a cinematographer’s job is. A film like Vivegam is undoubtedly challenging for a cameraman, but he has done a miraculous job,” Siva said.
What makes Vivegam a compelling choice to make is, of course, its star Ajith. The star-actor is on a roll – his last four films have been major hits in Kollywood -- Arrambam (2013), Veeram (2014), Yennai Arindhaal (2015) and Vedalam (2015).
The buzz around Ajith’s toned and chiseled body for Vivegam has been around from the time the film’s first poster was out in February this year. His physical transformation has come up for much praise, given that he had to undergo a painful knee operation in November 2015, after the release of his last film, Vedalam.
The excitement is palpable given that he is said to have performed his stunts himself!
So, wherever you are, be sure to watch Vivegam.