Earlier this month, Tamil cinema witnessed one of the worst crisis ever. Yes. For the first time in the history of Tamil Nadu, the theatre owners and distributors called an indefinite shutdown of theatres after the implementation of the GST. Things turned ugly when the Tamil Nadu state government refused to remove a 30 per cent local body tax on cinema.
Vikram Vedha has grossed Rs 17 crore in its opening weekend. The film witnessed 90 per cent occupancy on its opening day and is said to have earned Rs 2 crore.The film netted Rs 10 crore in Tamil Nadu in three days. Based on the famous tales of Vikram and Betal, the film is about an honest cop Vikram (Madhavan), who is on a mission to nab a notorious kingpin called Vedha (Vijay Sethupathi).
Vikram Vedha is very likely to become one of the highest grossing Tamil films this year. The film, which is released in over 350 screens in Tamil Nadu, is likely to have more screen counts in the coming days. As the two releases this week Koottathil Oruthan and Nibunan will have a lesser opening mainly because Vikram Vedha continues to set the cash registers ringing.
Vikram Vedha is about how an encounter operation turns into a personal relationship between the notorious gangster Vedha and an encounter specialist Vikram. Given that it was Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi’s show all the way, it will be challenging for the makers of the remake to find a replacement for both actors. Reports indicate that Madhavan will play Vikram in the Hindi version, and may take up the role of Vedha in the Telugu remake.