For quite some time now, Kollywood (as the Tamil film industry is called) steered by the Tamil Film Producers’ Council, has been protesting against the state government over the double taxation in Tamil Nadu.

Hema Rukmani, the CEO of Mersal’s production house, Sri Thenandal Films, recently tweeted saying that the Vijay starrer is touted to release in 3292 screens globally. Blockbusters Baahubali 2 and Mahesh Babu’s Spyder were earlier were the biggest Tamil releases.

Thanks to the ongoing GST crisis in Tamil Nadu where multiplex owners have gone on strike and refused to screen new movies, there has been some confusion about whether Mersal will release next week.

While Mersal is one week away from its theatrical release, Atlee made an interesting update on film’s trailer. We have a film to release and we are hopeful that we can release it. In the film, Vijay plays triple role and he is paired with Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen and Samantha Ruth Prabhu.

Mersal reunites Vijay with Atlee Kumar after their superhit Theri. SPYder villain SJ Suryah continues with his antagonistic role in this film as well.

Mersal, made on a lavish budget of over Rs 120 crore, is slated to hit the silver screens on October 18 this year.

Social media reports say that for commercial reasons, the makers of Mersal have changed the lyrics of Aalaporan Tamizhan to glorify Telugu language in Adhirindhi (Telugu dubbed version of Mersal). There is also a buzz going on that the movie has got around 3500 screens worldwide, making it the Tamil movie with the third highest screen count after Rajinikanth’s Kabali and Vikram’s I. It has music by double Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman.