In an unexpected turn of events, the Tamil Nadu government denied the request to screen the Thalapathy Vijay starrer, ‘Leo’ at 7 am. This decision comes as a disappointment to fans who were looking forward to the early morning show.
Government’s Reason for Decline
The move was made following the advice of the Director General of Police (DGP) of Tamil Nadu, citing possible traffic congestion due to the timing coinciding with school hours. The DGP further stated that this decision was taken considering the potential for heavy traffic during the morning rush.
Additional Security Measures
Notably, the DGP also mentioned that additional security measures will be implemented from 5 am on October 19, 2023. The primary motive is to ensure order and public safety during the movie’s release.
Despite the rejection of the early morning screening, the movie will still have a generous screening schedule. ‘Leo’ will be shown between 9 am and 1 am, with a total of five showings for the first six days of release.
Dispute Moves to Court
Following the government’s decision, the movie’s producer, SS Lalith Kumar, took the case to the Madras High Court. He demanded that the film be permitted to screen at 4 am across Tamil Nadu.
However, the court dismissed the producer’s plea, stating that the film cannot be screened at 4 am. Despite the setback, the court suggested that the Tamil Nadu government consider permitting the film to screen at 7 am.
Meeting with Theatre Owners Association
In the wake of the court’s order, a meeting was convened between producer Lalit Kumar and the Theatre Owners Association’s office-bearers. The government’s final decision was taken after this meeting.
‘Leo’ – A Highly Anticipated Film
‘Leo’, set to hit theatres on October 19, 2023, is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The film features Vijay in the lead role, marking his return to the screen after a 14-year hiatus.
The Star-Studded Cast
Joining Vijay on screen is Trisha, reuniting the pair after a long gap. The star-studded cast also includes Sanjay Dutt, Priya Anand, and Mansoor Ali Khan playing pivotal roles.
Behind the Scenes
‘Leo’ is directed by renowned filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj. Anirudh Ravichander, a preeminent figure in the music industry, has lent his composition and vocal skills to the film’s soundtrack, adding another layer of anticipation for the release.
Despite the setback with the early morning screening, the excitement around ‘Leo’ remains undeterred. The audience eagerly awaits this upcoming blockbuster.