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With just a week left for the film to release, the makers have finally announced the date. 

The release date of Vijay's Bigil has finally been announced. The film will hit the screens ahead of Deepavali on Friday, October 25.

Hours before the date was officially announced, several had correctly guessed the date since the US premiere was said to be happening on October 24.

Putting all speculation to rest, Archana Kalpathi of AGS Entertainment confirmed the date on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Archana had tweeted that the film has been cleared by the CBFC. The Vijay film, which features the actor in multiple roles, has received a U/A certificate. The runtime is a marathon 2 hours 58 minutes and 59 seconds!

Several fans had been tweeting to the makers, asking them to confirm the release date for weeks now. Archana Kalpathi had assured them that the release date will be announced soon since the censor formalities have been cleared. Both Mersal and Sarkar were released on Deepavali day, which happened to fall on a week day. 

The other big Deepavali release is Kaithi, with Karthi in the lead, is also hitting the screens on October 25. The release date was announced minutes before the Bigil date.

Directed by Atlee, Bigil has Nayanthara playing the female lead. So far, it's clear that Vijay will be playing the football coach of a women's team and that his older version is a local gangster. The trailer showed Vijay in yet another avatar, as a suave young man. Is this an entirely different character or the young version appearing in dual looks? The fans jury is still out on that one.

The film has music by AR Rahman who'd also composed the tunes for Mersal and Sarkar.  Ahead of the film's release, AGS is partnering with Chennai City Football Club (CCFC) to conduct a knockout tournament in the city before the film hits the screens.A 64-team knockout tournament has been planned at the sports complex Tiki-Taka Velachery, for two days, on October 19 and 20. The five-a-side tournament (5 member teams) will see players from different parts of the state contest against each other. The winner of the tournament will receive Rs 20,000 cash prize along with a trophy and Bigil merchandise. The first and second runners-up will receive Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively along with trophies and merchandise.