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31 October 2008

Mega Release Part VII

Ulagam Sutrum Valiban successful 3rd week. Below are the images taken from Daily thanthi

E-paper edition of Daily Thanthi.

within few days we will get the accurate box office collection of every single theatre in Tamil Nadu. That will be posted in our blog.

These are the four theatres screening Ulagam Sutrum Valiban for 3rd week without shifting or changing the movie due to Diwali festival.

Madurai Thirunagar - Mani Imphala

Nellai - Bombay

Salem - Santhi

Nagercoil - Vasantham palace (not in the ad list)

The response in Nellai Bombay theatre is tremendous. And it has collected more than 5 lakhs in two weeks and the ticket is from Rs.10 to Rs.50.

4 shows consecutive for third week. Breaking previous records of any re-released movie at any given time.

Even though the back ground music is not up to the mark in several scenes, people throng theatres. I find more number of younger people watching this movie.

Thanks to Yukesh Babu for forwarding the images and B.S.Raju for the information on collection records.

28 October 2008

Mega Release Part VI

This is the miniature re-created by Kalai Venthan MGR Bakthargal in 3D placed in Pilot theatre.

Buddha temple entrance

These are placards placed by 114th division, Thousand Lights.

This is the main banner fixed in front of the theatre of '"Makkal Thilagam MGR Pothunala Mandram" Chennai division.

Various placards

The records of Yesteryear release of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban.

Photos and records.

This image is during the evening show on Sunday.

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MGR Devotee from Nellai

These are ads from Daily Thanthi Madurai and Nellai Edition. More pics from Madurai celebration from S.Kumar will follow soon.

Nellai - Bombay theatre.

A typical MGR Fan who has seen this movie from the day of release.

MGR Asokan fight

Collection details of Chennai centres

1. Sri Brinda - 17.10.2008 to 24.10.2008 (8 days) Rs.3,15,000/-

2. Pilot - 17.10.2008 to 26.10.2008 (10 days) Rs.2,80,000/-

3. Mahrani - 17.10.2008 to 24.10.2008 (8 days) Rs.4,20,000/-

4. Motcham - 17.10.2008 to 25.10.2008 (9 days) Rs.3,00,000/-

Total collections all over Tamilnadu with 45 prints above Rs.1,00,00,000/- as on 26.10.2008 accurate details will follow soon. A record unparallel.

MGR Nambiyar fight Video in DTS

This is taken from Mumbai edition of Daily Thanthi. The same was published in Black and White in Chennai edition.

24 October 2008

Mega Release Part V

Today is the 2nd week of "Ulagam Sutrum Valiban". Below are the ads placed in Daily Thanthi. Images forwarded by MGR Devotee Yukesh Babu and Murugan Dharmalingam.

Even though the astounding success and collection of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban did not appear in any Tamil Daily (why?) only Times of India came out with the success of MGR movie release. Below are the excerpt from Times of India Chennai Edition issue dated 23.10.2008, on the success and unbelievable collection of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban.

The Magic of MGR
MGR's magic still works wonders at the Box Office nearly two decades after his death.

Last Friday Ulagam Sutrum Valiban, the movie produced and directed by MGR, was re-released in four Chennai theatres by R.V.Mani of OK Films through their sister concern Diamond Films, which holds the theatrical re-issue rights of the film.

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Despite heavy rains, the film has been released on 34 screens across Tamil Nadu on October 17 and has made a collection of a whopping Rs.41 lakhs in the first three days. Just before our re-release, Raj TV had telecasted the film, yet people thronged theatres to watch the movie. At Pilot theatre, paalabhishekam was conducted on the cut-out of MGR. Just before the climax, during the title song, his fans clapped and danced, "says a visibly excited Mani. At Mahrani, in North Madras, which is an old MGR citadel, the film netted Rs.2.26 lakhs in its opening weekend.

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OK films Mani, spurred on by the Box Office success of MGR produced films, is now planning to technically upgrade Nadodi Mannan as an all colour film, edit it and provide DTS before its re-release.

Says N.Sathyamoorthy, a veteran journalist; 'I'm stunned at the response to MGR's re-released films. All his fans must be senior citizens today but the legend is still able to strike a chord with today's youth.

Another 8 theatres released on 18th October sums to 45 centers for the release of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban. And there are no Morning and Matinee show on 19th Sunday due to Tamil Elam problem. As on 22.10.2008 the collection in Mahrani is Rs.4 lakhs higher than any other theatres around Tamil Nadu.

Overall Tamil Nadu collection is going to reach 1 Crore mark a new record for any re-release films in the World (to my knowledge).

Within 3 days of release the amount for theatre rent and publicity charges got back by the Distributor. That was mega or monster collection of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban. Record unparallel even to new movies. Hurdles such as heavy rain, less amount of Ads and only one type of ad and more the Raj TV telecast on 2nd October did not hamper the success rate of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban.

And another MGR movie wonders, Natraj theatre which screened Vijay's Sachin was taken on Monday due to less number of audience and heavy rain. Theatre owner decided to release Panam Padaithavan from Tuesday, the response was good and before this the 2nd week run of Dhanush movie Yaradi Nee Mohini was taken and they released "Ragasiya Police 115" from Monday. And Pandian theatre also filled the three days prior to Deepavali with Panam Padaithavan this week.

News from Madurai from Marmayogi Manoharan and Sathya from Chennai.

This clip is from Ulagam Sutrum Valiban duet song of MGR with Mehta.

22 October 2008

Mega Release Part IV

This image from Coimbatore Edition of Daily Thanthi.

This is taken from Daily Thanthi Chennai Edition. And they have mentioned only 40 theatres what about the rest 10?

This is yesterdays newspaper, Daily Thanthi Vellore Edition.

Below images were taken from Dinakaran Chennai edition they have compared theatre occupancy on sunday. Two shows were canceled by theater owners association for Tamil elam problem but MGR fans celebration did not stop, this is in Pilot Theater 3pm. Eventhough the movie show is canceled but MGR Fans waited to watch the evening show. This is MGR the one and only.

Another image is from Albert theatre without any fans or people. This is not new for MGR movies but D.M.K. support paper has issued this matter. We have to thank Dinakaran team. The same news about Ulagam Sutrum Valiban was not printed in Daily Thanthi.

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Albert Pilot

Below is the update on Ulagam Sutrum Valiban release and how MGR Fans enjoyed and how successful the movie is. Taken from Dinamalar.

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News and images forwarded by MGR Devotee Yukesh Babu.

21 October 2008

Mega Release Part III

This the first fight scene in the movie (the new bgm is not good)

First Fight scene

This is another fight were the bgm is best, beautiful usage of DTS effect, MGR's punch was very good, the theatre rocked when MGR raises his fist watch the sound effect for that particular frame, and also the ecstasy of MGR fans.

MGR Fights with Justin

This is the best shot I can get in midst of MGR Fans.

I tried to take photos of Chiku mangu chiku mangu song but the fans crowded the place these are some of the photos that can be posted here at least you can see the face of MGR.

Which is real? the people in front of this camera is real people and in front of them is the screen view from Balcony.

Camphor to God MGR

Fountain Scene

MGR's directorial touch watch the fountain raises when Manjula gets to know about his Lover is alive. In the original version there is no sound when the fountain raises, they have worked meticulously and worked on the minute sound details in the frame.

Formula Address scene

This scene complete background music is changed to English movie theme and watch Asokan's action and sound effect when MGR destroys the mike from the Doll. When the scene cuts to the Japan Buddha temple Japanese music is added. Music for the scene fade is also changed.

Song Nilavu oru pennagi

Nilavu oru pennagi song music is re composed to DTS the sound difference is cannot be found in this clip but you can find the difference in Theatre. MGR Fans started to throw flowers and covered the screen, in this clip you will not see MGR face only the sound and MGR Fans. Watch the sound of Aeroplane flying ahead of Taxi. The best is when the Airport scene fades and a van moves from the right of the screen to the left you can hear it in stereo (in theatres only this clip is mono)

Robinson house

Special mention is the film was graded that can be seen visually, MGR's dress will be glittering, watch the ecstasy of MGR Fans, the barking of dog is heard on the back side of the seat most of them turned back to see whether dogs are behind them.

Rule dialogue

I added this clip because this is the only scene were political dialogue in the movie.

Song Thanga thoniyila

DTS effect in MGR movie! unbelievable how painstaking work they have done in shorter period. Watch and enjoy the song clip and please see the Old version and this clip and you will understand what I mean.

Special mention is that there is a theme music for MGR which is very majestic. You have to feel yourself. I think this post has lot of Videos.

20 October 2008

Mega Release Part II

These other theatres showing Ulagam Sutrum Valiban. Images forwarded by Yukesh Babu.

Yesterday 19.10.2008 I reached Motcham theatre at 5.50 p.m. the street was full with MGR Fans and Devotees. Two police Jeep was near the theatre to control the crowd. Minute by minute the crowd encroached half of the service road. 10 number of garlands were placed on MGR cut out.

House Full in Motcham Theatre

Release of Ulagam Sutrum Valiban in Sri Brinda.

Deccan Chronicle about Ulagam Sutrum Valiban issue date 20.10.2008.

Most of the critics say that the Fans of Actors will clap, whistle, fix posters and cheers their Actors but MGR Fans are different, MGR Devotees not only cheer Puratchi Thalaivar but also perform 'Annadanam' whenever Block Buster MGR movies were released. Below is the notice of Ponmanachemmal Sri MGR Bakthargal, they went to "Anbu Illam" H.I.G. 434, 1st Main Road, M.M.D.A. Colony, Mathur, Chennai, to feed the 38 poor children on 19.10.2008.

The weather was becoming worse and I expected rain at any moment but did not until the MGR Devotees pooja was finished the next minute the rain was pouring swiftly on us.

See for yourselves no words can describe the joy of MGR Devotees and MGR Fans, the opposite of this theatre is Ayisha Hospital the people inside also came out and watched this function. 1000 wala was going on one side, abishekam and flowers another side, traffic on halt (watch the video).


The only ticket left was Rs.40/- (watch the video) which become full within 5 minutes. The people waiting to see the movie was enormous and to ease the traffic, Police requested theatre officials to open the gate and let us in before the show time. Gates wide opened and everyone rushed inside.


Before viewing this video I have to say that all the movie clips in this post, are as is condition, Ulagam Sutrum Valiban was already enhanced video was bright, crystal clear and the sound – mind blowing, DTS nearly 80% of the back ground music was changed it felt like watching MGR acted English movie.

Scene 1

Scene 2


Some of MGR Fans did not like this change, but the reaction of DTS effect for fight scenes, songs and dialogues has overwhelming support. Watch the videos. Bottom line about this change is that MGR movies have entered DTS experience and it rocks definitely MGR's Ulagam Sutrum Valiban is for youth audience they will enjoy each frame.

More videos of fights scenes, songs and dialogues etc. in the next post.

18 October 2008

Mega Release

This is MGR The Box Office Emperor

MGR Pictures "Ulagam Sutrum Valiban" was released in 4 theatres in Chennai yesterday. I planned only to take some photos in Motcham theatre after 6.30 p.m. but with Yukesh Babu's help I covered two theatres before the first show. Those who are looking at this post had to thank Yukesh Babu who made it possible for me.

This movie is just not a re-release it is Mega Release because the record held by Dr.Rajkumar (Kannada movie Super Star) for 44 centers (4 months before) for re-release record beaten by Puratchi Thalaivar MGR's Ulagam Sutrum Valiban for 50 centers. You will find some of the theatres below.

First we reached Motcham theatre by 11.00 a.m. we thought the movie time was 11.30 but the show time is 12.00. Already Kalaiventhan MGR Bakthargal and Ponmanachemmal Sri MGR Bakthargal have erected Pandal, Placards, posters and vinyl banners.

There was shortage of Garlands due to festive season, Friday and of course MGR movie. 5 theatres screening MGR movies this week, 4 theatres Ulagam Sutrum Valiban and one Mattukara Velan in Mahalakshmi.

I found nearly 20 Auto rickshaws in the parking lot, street vendors, a couple who were living below the Doveton flyover were first to fill up the theatre and for the first show. And one MGR Hard core fan Purushothaman who had plan to see the movie 2 shows continuously. A special mention physically challenged MGR fan also came to see the movie remember for the first show. That is the craze of MGR.

There was lot of placards placed by Venkat of Ponmanachemmal Sri MGR bakthargal. Some of the placards were removed by theatre management. It will be posted soon in this blog.

Placards 1

Placards 2

Placards 3

Placards 4

Some of the theatres were Ulagam Sutrum Valiban released.

Madurai – Thanga Regal
Thirunagar – Mani Imphala
Dindukal – Rajendra
Ramnadu – Velu Manickam
Virudhunagar – Amirtharaj
Nellai – Bombay

Nagercoil – Vasantham Picture Palace
Salem – Santhi

Kumarapalayam – Srilakshmi
Trichy – Sona
Kudanthai – Selvam
Karur – Ajantha
Pattukottai – Ayya
Thiruvarur – Chola
Puthukottai – Santhi
Pondi - Balaji

Thiruthooraipoondi – Vijila
Chennai – Pilot
Chennai – Maharani
Chennai – Motcham

Chennai – Sri Brinda
Kovai – Santhi (8 theatres from Sunday)
Pollachi – ATSC

(Other theatres will follow soon)

Evening show for Sunday in all Chennai theatres are houseful before the first show in Motcham.

Pilot theatre was full of vinyl boards and found that the people have not gone to their house since Thursday who were busy fixing the vinyl boards and cut outs.

Diamond pictures have stated that the songs are only DTS and added CGI. I received calls from my friends and found that there is no CGI in Ulagam Sutrum Valiban and they have removed the original BGM and created new BGM with latest instrument.

Some of the scenes have wonderful effect the Dog scene in Robinson house, Fountain scene, plane scene in the song etc. and some are not.

Many hard core MGR fans feel that DTS have killed the movie and some say that this will be more appealling to the younger generation. More about this in the next post.

I think this post has more number of Images.

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