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Karthikeya bags a golden opportunity

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Young actor Karthikeya shot fame with RX100 and he bagged a bunch of opportunities. He recently played the role of the lead antagonist in Nani’s Gang Leader. Though the film ended up as a dud, Karthikeya’s performance received decent response. The actor along with doing lead roles is also keen on doing roles with negative shades. Karthikeya bagged a golden opportunity and he is making his Tamil debut.

Karthikeya will be playing the lead antagonist in Ajith’s upcoming movie that is directed by H Vinoth. The shoot of the film is happening in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad currently. The makers are in plans to release the film in Telugu too and hence they roped in Karthikeya for the role. The actor too is thrilled with the offer and signed the project. This untitled film releases next year.

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Ajith vs Vijay Fans war in Kollywood!

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The film industry in Tamil Nadu is quite dependent on the superstardom of heroes throughout. The fans in Tamil Nadu are quite sentimental about their hero’s reputation and this has been the thing since MGR days. The fandom then became a clash between Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth fans which led to rifts and patch-ups many times.

But now, the fan wars have seeped into social media where they defended their respective heroes with extreme actions and making trolls and memes. During the birthday of Ilayathalapathy Vijay, the fans of Ajith started trending the hashtag #June22VijayDeathDay which enraged Vijay fans very badly. But the issue subsided when Vijay fans cooled the situation by using the hashtag #LongLiveAjith. Just a month later, Ajith fans brought out the trend once again by using the hashtag #RipVijay which has been trending on Twitter at a national level.

The issue became an out and out controversy when this trend became a national happening. Vijay fans tried to calm the situation down by countering Ajith fans with the hashtag #LongLiveVijay. The surprising aspect is, neither of the heroes responded to this happening till date or made an attempt to pacify the fans!

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Viswasam AP/TS Pre-Release Business – Third highest for Ajith

Viswasam pre release business

Ajith’s latest blockbuster viswasam (telugu dub) is gearing up for a grand release in Telugu States. The film is sold for NRA in few areas like Ceeded, UA. Telugu buyer is releasing the film on his own though KFC Entertainments in remaining areas. Total theatrical rights of the film are valued at 2.60 Cr. This is the third highest pre-release business for ajith after Vivekam(5.5 Cr) & Aata Arrambam (4 Cr). Vivekam was a big disaster and Aata Arrambam was a flop. Last hit for ajith in Telugu States is Vaali which released a way back in 1999.

Below are the area wise prices

AreaPre Release
Nizam0.6 Cr valued
Ceeded 0.5 Cr
Andhra1.50 Cr (UA : 0.45 Cr)
AP/TS2.60 Cr

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Viswasam trailer : Ajith’s one man show in rural drama

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Tamil star Ajith and director Siva joined hands again for a film titled as Viswasam. The theatrical trailer is finally out this Sunday and it glimpses what is in store for audience after the film’s release.

The two minute trailer is Ajith’s one man show in the backdrop of a full length rustic entertainer. From the onset, Ajith’s character takes centre stage and his massy mannerisms and dialogues are the biggest takeaway for the action packed trailer. Director Siva seems to have loaded this film with all ingredients that make up for a perfect Pongal offering to audience. Ajith looks badass and intense in action episodes. His handlebar mustache and traditional avatar will appeal to the masses for sure.

Nayanatara is playing a village belle and Jagapathi Babu gets a meaty stylish role as antagonist in this film. Scenes in which Ajith and Jagapathi Babu confront are likely to be the major highlight for the film. The production values look promising and so does the cinematography as the visuals capturing village atmosphere are appealing. Music score by D. Immam is simply terrific which adds to the intensity of the proceedings.

All in all, the trailer of Viswasam hits the right notes and takes the buzz to the next level. The film is slated for release in January second week.

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Tamil Superstar keeps his promise for Sridevi

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Tamil top actor Ajith is known for his honest and down to earth behavior. He is a huge fan of veteran actress Sridevi and the actor played a special cameo in her comeback film English Vinglish (Tamil version). Sridevi wanted Ajith to do a film for her production house during the shoot of English Vinglish and Ajith gave an immediate positive nod for her request.

However the actress recently passed away but Ajith decided to keep his word. He signed a film for Boney Kapoor Films and the pre-production work of this prestigious project has been wrapped up recently. The film is the remake of Bollywood blockbuster Pink and H Vinoth who recently directed critically acclaimed film Khakee will direct the movie. Yuvan Shankar Raja will compose the tunes and the regular shoot commences next month. Ajith is currently busy with the final shoot of Viswasam which will release during Sankranthi 2019.

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Nayanthara excited about her next: signs a biggie

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South Indian top actress Nayanthara has enough films in her kitty and she turned a signing spree. Before one could forget that Nayanthara is the front runner for the female lead in Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2, Nayanthara has been roped in to play the lead actress in Thala Ajith’s next film. The film has been titled Viswasam and Siva who directed a series of blockbusters with Ajith will direct the film. The makers made it official that Nayanthara will play the lead actress in this action entertainer.

The regular shoot of Viswasam will commence from March and the makers are keen on releasing the film during Diwali this year. The pre-production work of the film is currently in final stages and Satya Jyothi Films who produced Ajith’s Vivegam will produce the film. Anirudh Ravichander is composing the tunes and Nayanthara is quite excited about teaming up with Thala Ajith for Viswasam.

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NBK and Ajith are unique says KS Ravikumar

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Nandamuri Balakrishna is all set for the release of his next film titled Jai Simha and the film has been directed by Tamil veteran filmmaker KS Ravikumar. Awestruck with the dedication and professionalism of Nandamuri Balakrishna, KS Ravikumar during the pre-release event of Jai Simha lauded Balakrishna. He said “I have worked with 40 top actors till date and I had to face many disturbances and challenges during the shoot. It is Balakrishna and Ajith who never disturbed my shoot throughout”.

“His love for his father left me in shock and I am privileged to work with such a great actor. He prefers to be on time to shoot and is completely dedicated to his work. His concentration is the secret of his success” said KS Ravikumar. The makers released the pre-release trailer of the film and Nayanathara, Natasha Doshi, Hari Priya played the female leads. Bankrolled by C Kalyan, Jai Simha has been slated for January 12th release during Sankranthi.

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Anushka Shetty to team up with superstar again ?

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Post essaying crucial roles in Baahubali franchise, gorgeous south actress Anushka Shetty hasn’t signed any major projects till now. She has wrapped up the shooting for her upcoming new age thriller Bhaagamathie which is slated to hit the screens in January next year.

The latest buzz in Kollywood circles revealed that Anushka is in talks to play the leading heroine in Tamil superstar Thala Ajith’s soon to be launched big budget entertainer which has been titled as Viswasam. The film marks Ajith’s fourth time collaboration with director Siva, who earlier directed Vivegam, Veeram and Vedhalam. It is heard that the makers are keen on roping in Anushka as she brings in more craze for the project in other languages too.

Though she is yet to sign the dotted line, sources say that Anushka most likely to come on board as she hasn’t signed any biggies after Baahubali 2. There were speculations that she was in talks for Nag’s flick with RGV and Venky – Teja new project. But, they were trashed as just rumours.

So, if this news turns out to be true, Anushka and Ajith will share screen space together for the second time after Yenthavadu Gaani.

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Ajith’s next film gets an interesting title

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Viswasam

Thala Ajith is on a break after the release of his last outing Vivegam. The movie raked massive money across the circles of Tamil Nadu despite of the poor word of mouth. However the action episodes received exceptional response. The latest news is that Ajith gave his nod for one more project in the direction of Siva and the film will kick-start early next year.

The makers announced that the movie has been titled Viswasam. The regular shoot of the film will start from January 2018 and the film will hit the screens for Diwali next year. The pre-production work of the movie is currently on cards and the cast is being finalized. Ajith once again will be presented in a stylish never seen look for Viswasam.

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Ajith Siva – No Action in the Fourth Film

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Do you know of any star hero of this generation who has done three of his last four films in the direction of only one director? Well, there is one such hero, and the name is ‘Thala’ Ajith Kumar. And, all those three films belonged to only one genre, ‘Action’.

Ajith and Siva’s first collaboration ‘Veeram’ was released in 2014. Despite receiving mixed reviews, the action family entertainer was a success at box office. This film was recently remade in Telugu by Pawan Kalyan as ‘Katamarayudu’.

The second film in this combo was ‘Vedalam’ (2015), an action-masala film, whose storyline has similarities with NTR’s ‘Oosaravelli’. Ajith’s performance, perfect blend of action and sentiment and some stunning sequences made this film a runaway hit.

They joined hands for the third time for ‘Vivegam’, which hit screens on August 24 this year. This Spy thriller received mixed reviews but it took a thunderous opening at box office.

After doing three films together, all action films, Ajith and Siva are gearing up to join hands yet again, for a fourth film, and this time its not going to be an action film. It will be either a family entertainer or a historical period film, high chances are there for it to be the latter. This will be Siva’s immediate next film. Ajith may do another film before moving back to Siva’s project.

In fact, Siva made his directorial debut in Tollywood with Gopichand’s ‘Souryam’. He did ‘Shankam’ and ‘Daruvu’ before going on to make three back to back films with Ajith.

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Vivekam Day1 AP & TS Collections

Vivekam Vivegam Day1 AP & TS Collections

Ajith’s Vivekam has taken an average opening considering a weekday release. It has collected a distributor share of 95 lakhs which is highest for the hero.

Below are the area wise Day1 shares

AreaDay1 Collections
Nizam0.28 Cr
Ceded0.12 Cr
UA0.15 Cr
Guntur 0.13 Cr
East 0.10 Cr
Krishna 0.08 Cr
West0.06 Cr
Nellore0.03 Cr
AP and TS Total0.95 Cr

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Vivekam Review: Great stunt sequences, but film fails to impress!

Vivegam Review, Ajith Vivekam Movie Review

Telugu360 Rating : 2.5/5

Tamil star Ajith’s Vivegam is dubbed into Telugu as Vivekam released in 400 screens across the Telugu states. Directed by Siva, the film stars Kajal Aggarwal as the female lead and Vivek Oberoi as the prime antagonist.

The scintillating trailers set high expectations on the film. However, the lack of promotions in Telugu are proving costly as there is a low buzz in both the Telugu states. Let’s see if the film can live up to the expectations and emerge as a winner at the box office or not.

Story :
Vivekam is the story about challenges faced by Ajay Kumar alias AK (Ajith) who works as an agent in India’s Counter Terrorism Squad. He is a kind of person who never accepts defeat under any circumstances. His task is to capture and kill terrorists who are escaping from radar of the police and intelligence departments around the world. He has learnt the life and death lessons. No one can compete with him in his intellectual smartness.

The Counter Terrorism Squad led by Aryan (Vivek Oberoi) is now looking for a person with similar attitude. The story revolves around why is the department searching for another person and the past behind it?

Analysis:
This is a spy thriller story with an elevated gambit. But there is a problem in creating connect with the audience. The protagonist and villain use a lot of technical jargon in their communication. This may not match with the intelligence level of the general audience.

Vivekam movie is made on par with the international standards of film making. The director and the actor wanted to show a James Bond from South India on the screen and were successful to an extent. There is no point in trying to find logics in an action entertainer.

Technically first half is a high-standard film. But flipside, audience may feel overdose of action. Also, overall impact or wow factor is missing due to lack of proper subject to put things together.

The characterization of villain which was supposed to be a big twist, did not come out well. Director failed to make high points in the twists and turns. It had all elements of a South Indian Action entertainer even though Director Shiva who thought of making the film at the international level.

Akshara Hassan chase scene, Hero – Villains Mind games and Ajith introduction sequences are shown excellently. In terms of making and technical values, the movie is exceptional. After fighting at international standards throughout the movie the climax is typical south Indian mass style and funny Performances The movie is entirely one man show and runs entirely on Ajith’s shoulders. Kajal as lead doesn’t play the role of typical heroine who is used for songs and romance. The director ensured to use her role effectively with the story. Vivek Oberoi was shown in a different style but the director should have used an actor who doesn’t have controversies. Akshara Hassan’s role is small but crucial to the story.

Technicalities:
The film is totally a parade of the technical team. The making is stylish. The film is shot entirely abroad, Stunt masters have done good job. However, Graphics add to the confusion. Every frame is exceptionally grand and overall action sequence is way above Indian films standard.

Verdict :
Vivekam has great production values, some mind-blowing stunt sequences which are by far superior for Indian film making standards. Lot of hard work by the team is visible on screen. However, poor storyline and back to back action sequences throughout the film might not appeal to common audience, Overall impact is missing. This film’s strengths are Ajith, dialogues and stunts! But weaknesses do overshadow the strengths!

Telugu360 Rating : 2.5/5

Release Date : 24th Aug, 2017
Director : Siva
Music Director : Anirudh Ravichander
Production Company: Sathya Jyothi Films
Cinematography : Vetri
Starring : Ajith Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal, Akshara Haasan

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Vivekam AP and TS Pre-Release Business

Vivekam Pre-Release Business

Ajith’s Vivekam is gearing up for the release tomorrow and has closed it’s business in all areas of Telugu states. It was initially bought by Vamshidhar creations for 4.5 cr and sold to individual distributors for 5.45 Cr which means a table profit of nearly 1 Cr. This is highest pre-business for the hero and is carrying good buzz among the audience.

Below are the area wise prices

AreaPre-Release Business
Nizam1.3 Cr
Ceded1.2 Cr
UA0.7 Cr
Guntur0.6 Cr
East0.5 Cr
Krishna0.5 Cr
West 0.4 Cr
Nellore0.25 Cr
AP and TS5.45 Cr

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I’m very choosy about the work I do: Vivek Oberoi

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Vivek Oberoi, who has been acting for over 15 years and has been a part of memorable films such as “Company”, “Saathiya” and “Rakht Charitra”, says he is choosy about the work he does as he likes to distribute his time between family and his philanthropical activities.

Last seen on screen in heist comedy “Bank Chor”, he is gearing up for the release of his Tamil debut film “Vivegam”.

“I’m still choosy about my work. I like to do one film a year and sometimes even two, but not more. I’m enjoying watching my children grow. I like to spend more time with them. I also have my businesses and charitable organizations that keep me busy,” Vivek told IANS in an interview.

He picks his films after considerable thought.

Asked what drew him towards “Vivegam”, he said it is director Siva’s passion.

“It’s not the first south film I have been offered. I have turned down projects from all the south industries in the past. But when Siva approached me with ‘Vivegam’, it took just fifteen minutes to get convinced. I was moved by the passion with which he narrated and I wanted to work with him,” recalls Vivek, adding that he was initially hesitant about foraying into Tamil industry.

“It’s a new language, which means double the effort. The shoot required me to stay away from my kids for a long time in really cold countries. I wasn’t quite sure initially, but Siva’s conviction and faith in his script bowled me over,” he said.

The film is named after Vivek, and that made being part of project even more special.

On teaming up with Ajith, one of the stars of Tamil filmdom, Vivek said he found a brother in him.

“I was touched by his humility. On the first day of the shoot, he walked up to me and thanked me for being part of the project. He referred me as sir and I didn’t know how to react. But I could sense he was really humble and not faking it,” Vivek said.

Elaborating with an example, he said: “I still remember that one time when he made tea and served to everybody on the sets, including my staff. A star of his stature need not to do that but he did and that surprised all of us.”

Vivek was also inspired by Ajith’s commitment.

“He worked really hard on his physique for this project. He told me he was ashamed of his body in ‘Vedalam’, and wanted to get in shape. He was so committed. In Serbia, he was the first to be in the gym every morning and he worked out rigorously,” he said.

Ajith sports six-pack abs in the film, due for release on Thursday. His look was revealed in the film’s first poster and it sent his fans into frenzy.

Vivek isn’t nervous about the film’s release. He already feels accepted by the audiences.

“The kind of love and warmth Ajith anna’s fans have shown me on social media makes me already feel accepted. It’s one of the best roles I have played in my career. I play a spy and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this project,” he said.

This is a year of many firsts for Vivek. Apart from “Vivegam”, he made his debut in the digital space via the web series “Inside Edge”, currently streaming on Amazon.

Talking about the experience of venturing into a new space, he said: “Let’s not judge a platform by its size. It’s the experience that matters to me and if I find that on stage in a 100-seater theatre, that’s where I want to be.

“When I accepted ‘Inside Edge’, people thought I’m out of work. If you start thinking about others, you can’t live your life. Only around 2.25 crore people watch movies in cinemas but over 40 crore people in India have smartphones. What’s wrong if I cater to the 40 crore people through a new platform?”

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Vivegam is on par with Baahubali in technical aspects: Antony L Ruben

Antony L Ruben said upcoming spy thriller Vivegam will be on par with SS Rajamouli’s mega-blockbuster Baahubali in terms of visuals. The movie, directed by Siva, stars Ajith, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan. It will release on August 24.

Film editor Antony L Ruben said upcoming spy thriller Vivegam will be on par with SS Rajamouli’s mega-blockbuster Baahubali in terms of visuals. The movie, directed by Siva, stars Ajith, Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan.

Antony LRuben said the technicians, who worked on the film, have delivered world-class results. “I can proudly say that Vivegam will be on par with Baahubali regarding the technical aspects and grandeur. Another reason to feel proud is that we didn’t outsource CGIand VFX technicians from other states or country. All our technicians are from Chennai, and they have delivered world-class output,” Ruben said.
The film editor said it was satisfying to work on Vivegam, which was his most challenging film till date. Ruben, 30, said Vivegam was quite exhaustive because of the multiple layers in the screenplay written by Siva. “I feel relaxed now because it is very satisfying after accomplishing such an enormous task. Vivegam is the most challenging film I have ever done. I have worked for almost thirty films till date, but the effort and time I had put in for this movie is equal to none.

Vivegam marks Antony L Ruben’s second consecutive association with Siva and Ajith after their successful previous outing Vedalam.” Ruben said Vivegam will be a treat for Ajith’s fans and the movie will be more enjoyable than Vedalam. “For the family audiences, there is a poetic love track. The husband and wife characters essayed by Ajith sir and Kajal will strike a chord with the public. And there are stunts with no violence. Technically it is a wholesome entertainer with aninternational standard,” said Ruben.

Vivegam will release on August 24. He is also simultaneously working on director Atlee’s Mersal, which will see actor Vijay play three characters. Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menen play the female leads in the movie. “It’s a classy film with an excellent social message. To work with AR Rahman sir is a great moment and I am pleased about it. Vijay sir is a person who never takes success to his head and is full of enthusiasm. One of the three characters played by Vijay sir is going to be the kids’ favorite.”

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Ajith at Tirupati temple ahead of ‘Vivegam’ release

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Actor Ajith Kumar offered his prayers at Tirupati temple on Tuesday ahead of the release of his Tamil film “Vivegam” next month.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Ajith is seen dressed in white shirt and dhoti and posing with fans for selfies at the temple.

“He had gone to attend the Subhprabhat seva darshan on Tuesday morning. He had reached Tirupati on Monday night,” a source close to the actor told IANS.

The source added that it’s a ritual for Ajith to visit Tirupati before the release of his films.

In “Vivegama, slated for release on August 10, Ajith plays an Interpol agent.

Directed by Siva, the film marks his third time collaboration with Ajith after “Veeram” and “Vedalam”.

“Vivegam” marks the Tamil debut of Vivek Oberoi, who plays the antagonist. The film also stars Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan.

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Ajith aims back Tollywood market

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Thala Ajith has unbeatable craze across Kollywood. Some of his films in the past have been highly successful in Telugu and he is sure a known face for Telugu audience right from the start of his career. For the first time again, Ajith is quite concentrated on Tollywood and his next film Vivegam is aiming a massive Telugu release. Shouryam Shiva is the director of this high voltage action entertainer which completed shoot recently.

The movie is said to be a spy thriller and it will have three major action sequences, which are said to be the film’s major highlights. The movie has been shot extensively in Bulgaria, Croatia, Siberia, Slovenia and Austria. Kajal Agarwal is the female lead and Vivegam will feature Ajith in different looks. The movie’s Telugu rights have been sold out for a massive price of Rs 4.5 crores and Vivegam is getting ready for a huge release in Telugu along with Tamil on August 10th. TG Thyagarajan bankrolled Vivegam on Sathya Jyothi Films banner.

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Ajith’s ‘Vivegam’ shooting wrapped up

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The principal shooting of actor Ajith Kumar’S upcoming Tamil spy thriller “Vivegam”, slated for release in August, has been completed.

“With the completion of the latest schedule in Bulgaria, the makers have finished the principal shooting. Except for some patchwork, the rest of the shoot is wrapped up. The post-production work is already underway,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

Directed by Siva, the film marks his third-time collaboration with Ajith after “Veeram” and “Vedalam”.

The film also stars Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan as the leading ladies while Vivek Oberoi plays the antagonist.

Ajith will be seen as an Interpol agent on a mission to investigate a series of murders.

Produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, the film has music by Anirudh Ravichander.

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Ajith’s Vivegam Teaser: A Huge Sensation

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Vivegam teaser

Thala Ajith’s Vivegam has been creating huge buzz all over and the film is currently in final stages of shoot. The movie’s first teaser has been released today during the early hours. Directed by Siva, Vivegam is said to be a stylish action entertainer. The teaser clocked 100K likes in just 45 minutes which is a record among South Indian films. The teaser clocked 1 million views in no time and is counting. Vivegam teaser looks grand and is a visual treat for the audience. Ajith looks ultra stylish throughout.

Kajal Agarwal is the female lead in the movie and Vivek Oberoi, Akshara Haasan played other pivotal roles in Vivegam. 70% of the film has been shot across the beautiful locales of Europe. The rest of the movie has been shot in Bulgaria, Hyderabad and Chennai. Produced by Satya Jyothi Films, Vivegam is all set for August 10th release.

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