Vijay starrer Bigil has turned out to be the biggest release this Diwali. The film has already collected Rs 75 crore in Tamil Nadu and is inching towards the 100 crore mark and the fact that there are no big releases this week will add to its advantage, according to trade analyst Kaushik LM.
He tweeted, #Bigil 5-days total TN gross is in the 88 CR range 🙏..Fantastic hold yday in the state 👌👍”
Helmed by Atlee, who earlier directed Vijay in Theri and Mersal, Bigil is a sports action drama that has the actor in dual roles. Nayanthara is sharing screen space with Vijay after a gap of almost 10 years. They were last seen together in Villu (2009). Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Vivek, Anandaraj, Yogi Babu and Daniel Balaji among others are part of the supporting cast.
The film was released on October 25 alongside actor Karthi’s Kaithi. Both films opened to good reviews and are holding their own at the box office.
Bollywood director Karan Johar praised the film on Twitter. He tweeted on Wednesday, “What an absolute festive joy #BIGIL is!!A roller coaster of emotions, triumph and an unparalleled adrenalin rush! #ThalapathyVijay is in top form and makes you want to whistle along! He is BRILLIANT! @Atlee_dir goes on to prove he is the master of This game!! SUPERSTAR DIRECTOR”
Bigil has gone on to become the third-highest grosser after 2.0 and Sarkar in the highest opening day collection list at the Chennai box office. Entertainment tracker Sreedhar Pillai told Indianexpress.com, “The opening of Sarkar was good, but not to the extent of Bigil. The film is doing exceptionally well in Mumbai and Delhi multiplexes, pushing Housefull 4.”
Indianexpress.com’s S Subhakeerthana gave the film 2.5 stars. In her review, she wrote, “The manner, in which films manage to strike a chord between messaging and entertainment without trading the essentials of the universe, is interesting. Atlee pulls the loose threads together in the thrilling final match sequences, but Bigil isn’t Vijay’s Dangal or ‘Chak De India on steroids’ like Shah Rukh had mentioned. Had Atlee put more thought into the screenplay, ideation and execution, I am sure this would have been a better film, compared to their earlier collaborations, Theri and Mersal.”
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