Possibly Out After 30 January 2015
The Madras high court on Thursday stayed the release of multi-crore film ‘I’, dealing a big blow to Tamil film industry which is still to recover from the commercial failure of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Lingaa’. ‘I’, featuring Vikram and Amy Jackson and directed by Shankar, was scheduled for release on the Pongal day, January 15. Justice R Mahadevan granted the interim injunction, restraining Aascar Films Private Limited, its directors V Ravichandran and D Ramesh Babu, besides Reliance Mediaworks Ltd, from releasing the film till January 30.
The producers, distributors, film laboratories and digital projection services are “hereby restrained by an order of interim injunction till January 30, 2015 from releasing the movie in theatres all over the country, and in any country outside India. In the meanwhile, applicant (Picturehouse) is directed to initiate arbitration proceedings,” the judge said. The judge was passing orders on an application filed by Picturehouse Media Limited, Chetpet, claiming non-performance of commercial and financial agreements between it and Aascar Films. It wanted the matter to be settled by arbitration.
While restraining all concerned from releasing the film in any format till January 30, Justice Mahadevan asked the litigating parties to settle the issue by arbitration in the meanwhile. He issued notices to the producers and directed them to file their response by then.
The film’s producer Ravichandran however expressed confidence that there will be no change in the film’s release date.
“Everything will be sorted out very soon and the film will release as planned earlier,” he said in a statement. Directed by Shankar, ‘I’ also features Amy Jackson, Upen Patel and Suresh Gopi in the lead.
The film is touted to be a new chapter of VFX display in Indian cinema with never seen before special effects and make up wizardry.
Lead actor Vikram took almost five hours every day to transform himself into a man-like monster in ‘I’. Schwarzenneger inspired Vikram’s ‘I’ character.
Vikram plays two characters in the film, one of a normal man and other of a creature, which closely looks like an Ogre. His makeup was done by Hollywood’s Weta workshop, who have done make up for films ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’.