Kangana Ranaut starrer Thalaivi arrived in the theaters on Friday. The film opened with a positive response from the film critics, but as per some reports, that was not translated in the film’s box office numbers.
One of the major reasons for Thalaivi’s dismal start at the ticket counters is its lesser screen count since major multiplex chains like PVR Cinemas, INOX Leisure Ltd and Cinepolis refused to screen the Hindi version of the film in North India.
Thalaivi chronicles the life of late actor and politician J Jayalalithaa. It showcases her journey from being an ace actor to becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for six terms. Besides Kangana, the film also stars Arvind Swamy as actor-turned-politician MGR. Actors Prakash Raj, Bhagyashree and Jisshu Sengupta play other prominent roles in the film.
Minting over 85 crores of the film with satellite, digital and music rights, Thalaivi had already recovered a huge amount even before the theatrical release. Revealing details about the digital deal, producer Vishnu Vardhan Induri stated the reason for a theatrical release saying, "₹55crore is a small amount. I had fancy offers which would have seen me sitting on tonnes of money. But my intention was to give this film a theatrical experience. It’s done with so much passion and love, we want people to experience it first in theatre. I don’t want to go in to details, but we have recovered our investments. If the release of the film had been delayed, I would have lost my money - That’s the reason I opted for theatrical release now."