‘Kerala Boycott Leo’: Backlash Before Thalapathy Vijay’s Film Release

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Vijay Thalapathy. (Photo: Instagram)

Thalapathy Vijay, a renowned figure in Tamil Nadu, especially among cinema enthusiasts, enjoys a dedicated and loyal fanbase, a testament to his hard-earned success. The 49-year-old actor has displayed his commitment to social causes through the Vijay Makkal Iyakkam, where he has recognized and rewarded individuals with cash prizes and appreciation certificates. Vijay further expanded his digital presence by making his debut on Instagram, receiving an overwhelming response. His fans flooded his account with likes, follows, and comments when he shared a photo from the set of his upcoming film, “Leo,” making him the fastest Indian to reach 9 million followers on the platform.

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However, a recent Twitter hashtag, “#KeralaBoycottLEO,” has gained traction. This trend seems to stem from alleged instances of Vijay’s followers unfairly criticizing Malayalam actor Mohanlal and the Kerala film industry. In response to these actions, some Twitter users from Kerala have expressed their intention to boycott films featuring Vijay. Nevertheless, the anticipation for “Leo” remains high, with the recently unveiled Hindi poster generating excitement among Vijay’s devoted fanbase. Just a few days ago, Tamil and Telugu posters for the film were released, further building excitement among moviegoers. Fans, eagerly awaiting glimpses of the film following the compelling initial reveal and announcement trailer, have had their patience rewarded.

Hindi Poster and Fan Reactions

The Telugu poster carries the message, ‘Keep cool and avoid the war,’ while the Tamil one reads, ‘Keep calm and prepare for combat.’ The Hindi poster prominently features Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, with the slogan boldly declaring, ‘Keep cool and meet the devil.’ In the poster, Vijay’s character is depicted engaged in a fierce battle, closing in on Sanjay Dutt’s antagonist by gripping his neck.

Fan Excitement for “Leo”

Thalapathy Vijay’s fans are eagerly counting down the days until the release of “Leo.” The film, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, is set to hit theaters on October 19, 2023, coinciding with the global celebration of Dussehra. With Thalapathy Vijay in the lead role, “Leo” promises to be an action-packed thriller. The ensemble cast includes Sanjay Dutt, Trisha, Arjun Sarja, Gautham Menon, Mysskin, and Priya Anand in significant roles. Rathna Kumar and Deeraj Vaidy contributed to the screenplay, along with Lokesh Kanagaraj.

Advance bookings for the film have already commenced in multiple locations, showcasing the immense anticipation for its release. The audio launch is scheduled for September 30 at Chennai’s Nehru Indoor Stadium. As the release date approaches, excitement and expectations for “Leo,” starring Thalapathy Vijay, continue to grow among fans worldwide.

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