More than 100 plus crore budget and almost the same pre-release business, humongous hype surrounding the film, just a day left for the biggest ever release for an Ilayathapathy Vijay flick, the socio-fantasy film, Puli. And suddenly yesterday morning, Vijay fans woke up to the shocking news of Income Tax raids on the residence of their favorite star.
IT sleuths have been grilling the star and his associates along with Puli’s producers, Shibu Thameens and PT Selvakumar, questioning them on the unaccounted cash flow and investments during the making of Puli. This sudden crackdown by the IT department just a day before the film’s release definitely didn’t go down well with Vijay’s fans.
Already, Puli was denied tax exemption from the state government, despite the censor board’s clearance with a clean U certificate. Usually, almost all the U certificate films are given tax exemption by the state government, but this was not the case with Puli. And sometime ago, the license of the popular theater projection company, Qube, has been locked temporarily, making it even more difficult for the film’s release.
All these unexpected twists have now resulted in the uncertainty in the film’s release today morning, with the early morning shows getting cancelled across Tamil Nadu and all other centres. This has led Vijay fans to openly outrage against those mysterious people in power, who have been constantly targeting Vijay, ever since his infamous tug with the state’s CM Jayalalithaa, during the release of his film, Thailavaa, couple of years ago.
Will Puli surpass all the hardships and have the last roar? Let’s wait for few more hours to know about it.