Tamil films which have been delayed because of the 48-day long strike called by the Tamil Film Producers' Council are being given new release dates. The first film to release after the strike was Karthik Subbaraj's Mercury, which came on April 20, a week after its outside Tamil Nadu release.
This weekend, Kaala was originally supposed to clash at the Tamil Nadu box-office with Avengers Infinity War. However, the film has been pushed to June 7. Instead, Sai Pallavi's Diya, a horror film directed by AL Vijay, will release on April 27. The film is also releasing in Telugu as Kanam.
The Arvind Swami and Amala Paul starrer Bhaskar Oru Rascal was also supposed to release on April 27. The film has been delayed by several months. It was meant to be a Pongal release. However, with Suriya's Thaana Serndha Kootttam and Vikram's Sketch taking up most screens, the film had to be pushed. The new release date we hear is May 11.
Nadigayar Thilagam, the biopic on actor Savitri, will release on May 9 as scheduled. The film stars Keerthy Suresh in the lead role and has a galaxy of stars as part of the cast - Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha, Vijay Deverakonda, Shalini Pandey, Naga Chaitanya and others. The film will release in Telugu as Mahanati. The bilingual has been directed by Nag Ashwin.
There were rumours that Vishal's Irumbuthirai, which was supposed to release in March, would hit the screens on May 11. However, Vishal issued a clarification that this was a miscommunication and that the film does not have a release date as yet. Directed by PS Mithran, the film also stars Samantha and Arjun Sarja.
Mr Chandramouli, which stars Karthik, son Gautham Karthik, Regina Cassandra, and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar will release on May 25, producer G Dhananjayan has said. The film is an action comedy directed by Thiru and the title is from the famous scene in Mouna Ragam where Manohar (Karthik) calls out to Divya's (Revathi) father, Chandramouli when they are at a hotel together.
Other than Kaala, which will release on June 7, Vikram's Saamy Square, is also expected to have a June release. The date currently is June 14. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Saamy which starred Vikram and Trisha in lead roles. Although Trisha was signed to do the sequel, she walked out of the film citing creative differences. Keerthy Suresh plays the lead opposite Vikram.
Other films which are ready for release but need dates include Imaikka Nodigal, Tik Tik Tik, Pariyerum Perumal, Golisoda 2, and Kee.