The Trisha-Vijay Sethupathi starrer 96 is one of the most talked about and appreciated films right now. With rave reviews pouring in, the film is a big box office success. Directed by C Prem Kumar, who was the cameraman for the much-acclaimed film Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom, the film has Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha pairing up for the first time.
With the movie still running successfully in theatres and in just 33 days of its release, it was announced that it will have its television premiere on Sun TV this November 6 as a Deepavali special. Sun TV bagged the rights for the film in January.
Actor Trisha took to Twitter to express her disappointment over the television premiere happening so soon.
Its our 5th week and we still have an 80% occupancy in all theatres.We as a team feel its unfair to be premiering 96 this early. Its our request to push it to a Pongal viewing pls @SunTV Will be grateful #96thefilm #Ban96MoviePremierOnSunTvâ€” Trish Krish (@trishtrashers) November 3, 2018
The director of the film Prem Kumar also spoke to The Indian Express about the issue, "A good run for a film is beneficial to a lot of people in the industry in these times. So, considering that 96 is doing well in almost all centres with more than 75 per cent occupancy, it's tough to understand why Sun TV would rush to premiere it on television. Even in the neighbouring states like Kerala and Karnataka, the film is continuing to do very good business. we request them to postpone the premiere to the next festival session, probably for Pongal 2019, considering the above reasons. As a first time director who has fought his way to this success, I will be very grateful to them."
It is to be noted that Vijay's Sarkar, which is due to hit the screens on November 6 for Deepavali, is also produced by Sun Pictures. This will mean that most screens will go for the Vijay starrer, and 96 premiering on TV may effectively end its theatrical run. Further, despite being in the cast of the upcoming Rajinikanth film Petta, which is also produced by Sun Pictures, Trisha has made it a point to express her disappointment about the issue.
96 is a C Prem Kumar directorial which has been bankrolled by Nandagopal of Madras Enterprises. The star cast also includes Varsha Bollamma, Aadithya Bhaskar, Gouri G Kishan, Devadarshini, Janagaraj and Bagavathi Perumal in supporting roles.
(With inputs from Digital Native)