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Whistle First week AP/TS Collections – Highest for Vijay

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Whistle has a decent first week as the film has collected a distributor share of close to 9cr. It has already emerged as the career-best film for Vijay bettering Sarkar which had collected 8.65 cr share last Diwali. Theatrical rights of the film are valued for 10 cr. Except East, West & Krishna all the buyers will enter into safe zone by today.

Below are the area wise first-week shares

Area10 Days CollectionsFirst Week Collections4 Days Collections
Nizam3.00 Cr2.70 Cr2.35 Cr
Ceeded2.73 Cr2.46 Cr2.05 Cr
UA1.12 CR0.96 Cr0.78 Cr
Guntur0.93 Cr0.88 Cr0.85 Cr
East0.60 Cr0.56 Cr0.50 Cr
Krishna0.64 Cr0.56 Cr0.50 Cr
West0.50 Cr0.44Cr0.36 Cr
Nellore0.44 Cr0.39 Cr
0.34 Cr
Total Share9.96 cr8.95 Cr7.73 Cr

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Whistle Day 4 – AP TG share

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Decent to good so far. The real test starts today for the film.

Breakeven – 10Cr

Below are 4 Days Collection:

Area10 Days CollectionsFirst Week Collections4 Days Collections
Nizam3.00 Cr2.70 Cr2.35 Cr
Ceeded2.73 Cr2.46 Cr2.05 Cr
UA1.12 CR0.96 Cr0.78 Cr
Guntur0.93 Cr0.88 Cr0.85 Cr
East0.60 Cr0.56 Cr0.50 Cr
Krishna0.64 Cr0.56 Cr0.50 Cr
West0.50 Cr0.44Cr0.36 Cr
Nellore0.44 Cr0.39 Cr
0.34 Cr
Total Share9.96 cr8.95 Cr7.73 Cr

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Analysis – ‘Bigil’ is Vijay’s show all the way

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For a film that speaks stridently on women’s empowerment and the sins of sexism, “Bigil” is awfully enamoured of its male protagonist who all but preens when he is on screen. The camera clings to Vijay like a Siamese twin letting go of him only long enough for the incidental characters (and that includes leading lady Nayanthara) to let us know how privileged they are to be in the same narrative as Vijay/Bigil.

Bigil, which means ‘whistle’ in Tamil, lives up to its title. There were wolf whistlers and banshee shrieks of orgasmic exhilaration in the theatre every time Vijay came on screen. I couldn’t hear the dialogues. I suspect we are not meant to. Considering he has two roles, Vijay is on screen almost the entire running-time of three hours. He plays an angry football coach, not unlike Shah Rukh Khan in “Chak De! India”, except that Khan never danced, sang and fought goons (in the one fight sequence in “Chak De!” he let his hockey team to beat up the goons).

Vijay never stops. The career dilemma for a superstar who must deliver what his fans want is here resolved by positioning Vijay as a star with human frailties on display. He is a football coach and prone to bouts of identity crisis because of a troubled relationship with his father, which is opened up like a wound in a flashback.

As his own father, Vijay is not too convincing. His body language suggests no age. Only suppressed rage. The son Bigil (aka Michael) is Shah Rukh Khan’s “Chak De!” avatar reborn. There are flashes of genuine warmth in Michael’s interaction with his all-women’s football team which, though representational (one acid victim, etc) manages to make a large statement on why women are left behind in the field of sports.

Interestingly even the most empowered women in Indian cinema need a masculine hand to triumph. In this week’s Bollywood release “Saandh Ki Aankh” the dedicated coach played by Vineet Kumar ensures success for the two sharp-shooting women heroes. Here it is Bigil the coach with a fist of fury and a heart of gold who encourages and supports the female footballers.

Director Atlee doesn’t allow Vijay’s stardom to diminish even as sections show the actor struggling with issues that go beyond patriarchal arrogance. It would be too much to expect humility in Vijay’s performance. But he comes closer to vulnerability in this film than any other. Tragically the powerful-in-her-own-right Nayanthara happily plays the hero’s prop, for the second time in a row after “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”.

The plot is a sprawling arc of exploding emotions. The cast is vast. But all we are allowed to come home with is Vijay, multiplied by two, and divided by a conflict between playing to the galleries and playing the coach as sincerely as Shah Rukh Khan once did.

But that was another game.

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BIGIL Review – Vijay’s Engaging Entertainer with a message !

Bigil Movie Review

Bigil Movie Review

Telugu360 Rating : 3/5

Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s movie Bigil hits the screens Today across the globe in Tamil and Telugu languages. The film directed by Atlee is set in the backdrop of football.Nayanthara is the leading lady and AR Rahman provides music. AGS Entertainments bankrolled the film and East Coast Productions is releasing the film as Whistle in Telugu

Story:

Bigil is a talented footballer whose father Royappan is a gangster in Chennai. Royappan , who stood against the evil gangs , wants his son to stick only to sports. His dream is to see Bigil plays in national team and brings laurels to the crime ridden local community. Whether Bigil is able to fulfill his dad’s dreams or not is rest of the plot

Analysis:

(This reviewer has watched Tamil Version. Telugu version outcome might vary due to dubbing quality and nativity like factors )

Bigil starts off like any other commercial flicks, takes routine mass path for first 30 minutes. Vijay’s trademark mass histrionics entertain his fans, movie makes no progress for a while. It gets intense after the father Royappan enters, his character brings much needed weight to the story. Bigil had to give up his passion due to the result of the violence that surrounds his life. Pre interval, Interval episodes are series of incidents that occur before Bigil’s planned Delhi visit.

Director Atlee is able to deliver solid emotion and drama while narrating the backstories of two players; the homemaker and acid attack victim characters came out really well. Despite having grand production value, star technicians and glitter around, it is the emotional drama that lifted this film to success. Atlee showed his strength in emotions, from writing stand point he could have been better in rest of the story.

At regular intervals, Vijay’s larger than life image has been utilized well by the director Atlee. Heroism elevation, mass mannerisms as such elements are a plenty. In second half much of the film is a typical sports film theme – Initially team in disarray, hates newly appointed coach ( hero ) , motivational song and underdog wins formula etc are shown in succession but with slow pace at times

Vijay is effortless in portraying two characters and three shades. His three introductions are feast for fans. Nayanatara as Angel got significant role which stands by Bigil throughout.

A popular football player Bigil, who played just 6-7 years ago , being unfamiliar to the present women team doesn’t add up. They think he is mere Rowdy and hates him. Villainy is not strong enough, Jackie Shroff‘s character lacks much required punch.

All songs are good on screen, Singappenney song stands out with its colorful theme. A surprise special appearance in this song !Maathare song is another good one with its inspirational stuff

Positives :

  • Vijay ‘s superb performance in three variations
  • Royappan characterization ,Bigil mannerisms
  • Emotional scenes in second half
  • Social message around common hurdles sports women face

Negatives :

  • Length ( 2hr 55 mins)
  • Routine template at times
  • Poor villainy

Verdict :

(This reviewer has watched Tamil Version. Telugu version outcome might vary due to dubbing quality and nativity like factors)

Bigil is a cocktail of mass elements, social message and lavish making which strikes right chord at box-office. Director Atlee & Hero Vijay complement each other better than ever in this sports drama. If we excuse the length and few redundant scenes.. BIGIL is a decent watch for all , awesome watch for fans.

Telugu360 Rating : 3/5

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Bigil’s football match to be a treat

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Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s upcoming movie Bigil is hitting the screens this Friday in a record number of 4200 screens across the globe in Tamil and Telugu languages. The film directed by Atlee is touted to be an out and out commercial entertainer which is set in the backdrop of football. The latest we hear is that the last 40 minutes of the film is the major highlight of the film. The football match looks packed and is breathtaking which elevates the film well and takes it to the next level.

Sources revealed that the match came out really well and the makers spent a bomb on the crucial climax episode. Vijay will be seen essaying the roles of a father and son in Bigil. Nayanthara is the leading lady and AR Rahman’s score is the other major attraction. AGS Entertainments bankrolled the film and East Coast Productions is releasing the film as Vigil in Telugu.

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Vijay’s Bigil lands in Legal Trouble

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Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s next offering Bigil is carrying massive expectations and the film directed by Atlee is hitting the screens during Diwali. Made on a budget of Rs 180 crores, Bigil is a sports drama laced with all the commercial ingredients. Writer and director Nandi Chinni Kumar filed a petition in the Telangana Writers Association claiming that Bigil is inspired by his script ‘Slum Soccer’.

A complaint has been registered and the Telangana Writers Association will take a call after reviewing the stories. Chinni Kumar claims that the film’s soul and the major plot has been inspired by his script. Earlier before this KP Selva approached Chennai High Court claiming rights for Bigil but the Chennai court dismissed the plagiarism charges against Atlee.

Bigil features Nayanthara in the heroine’s role and AR Rahman composed the music. Bankrolled by AGS Entertainments, Bigil will release on October 25th in Telugu and Tamil languages.

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Vijay’s Bigil sold for a bomb in overseas

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Tamil superstar Vijay’s upcoming film Bigil which has Atlee as director is creating ripples in trade circles of all areas. While the domestic pre-release business of the film is quite staggering as it is setting all-time records, the overseas business is also very solid.

As per the latest reports, the overseas rights of Bigil have been bagged for a whopping 30 Crore by a renowned distribution house. This is the highest pre-release business for a Vijay film in overseas and also the third biggest price for a Tamil film thereafter Petta and Kabali. Prabhas’ Baahubali 2 and Saaho are the top two films of South India in terms of highest pre-release business in the overseas market.

Bigil is the third collaboration of Atlee and Vijay after Theri and Mersal. Vijay is playing dual roles and the first look poster has been unveiled on the eve of his 45th birthday. Nayanatara is the leading lady.

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