Vijay Thalapathy‘s upcoming movie Leo has been mired in controversies since its inception. One of the most eagerly awaited Tamil movies of 2023 directed by Lokesh Kanaraj. Due to recent controversies, there are concerns about the film’s box office performance.
The Smoking Controversy
The Leo film’s opening track “Naa Ready” sparked early controversy. Vijay is seen smoking throughout the song. This has drawn criticism from both supporters and opponents of tobacco. who argue that the filmmakers are promoting smoking.
Responding to the criticism, the makers of the film issued a statement saying that the song was only meant to represent the character and not to promote smoking, however, the controversy continued and Vijay was eventually charged under the Drugs Act. The court case is still pending.
The Rajeswari Controversy
The second clash took place at Leo’s audio launch party. Trisha’s mother Rajeshwari made some controversial comments about Vijay in her speech. She says that Vijay was a bad person and had taken advantage of Trisha for his own benefit
Vijay’s fans were outraged by Rajeshwari’s comment and said that she was trying to hurt his reputation. Also, it was said that Vijay Singh had chosen to cast another actress as his leading lady in the film while making this statement.
Following the controversy, Vijay’s fans started harassing Rajeshwari online and threatening to harm her. The situation was finally resolved after Vijay himself intervened and requested his supporters to calm him down.
Impact on Box Office Performance
The controversy surrounding Leo could also have a negative impact on how the film does at the box office. Recently, many viewers have been reluctant to watch the film due to its controversial nature. Even if moviegoers aren’t Victory fans, bad reviews won’t keep them from seeing the film.
In the recent controversy they have expressed their concerns over the box office performance of Vijay Thalapathy’s upcoming film Leo. Both the Rajeshwari controversy and the controversy surrounding the song “Naa Ready” marred the film.
The director needs to take action to highlight the film’s ability to mitigate the negative impact of controversies. Rajeshwari’s controversy should be kept under wraps, steering clear of flaming controversies and emphasis on the film’s fantastic cast, crew and plot
If the filmmakers can manage the controversy successfully, Singh could still make money. However, it’s important to note that the film’s reputation was damaged by the controversies, and fully recovering from it can be a challenge.