It is a day of heightened energy in Tamil Nadu as two superstars clash at the box office before Pongal. Ranjinikanth's Petta and Ajith's Viswasam released on Thursday to much fanfare and celebration as hardcore fans thronged theatres for the first-day-first-show.
A Karthik Subbaraj directorial, Petta promised fans a throwback to the Rajini days of 90s. The two-and-a-half minute long trailer was packed with stylish action, one-liners, some comedy and drama—a lot of which the fans had been missing since the 90s blockbusters like Baasha and Annamalai. After Vivegam, Vedhalam and Veeram, Ajith teamed up with Siva once again for Viswasam, an action entertainer also starring Nayanthara. Viswasam, too, promised plenty of action and fun as Ajith dons the role of Thooku Durai, a local don in Theni.
Incidents of violence have also been reported from certain parts of Tamil Nadu. According to reports, two people were stabbed in violence that broke out between fans of Ajith and Ranjinikanth in Vellore after the first show. There have also been unconfirmed reports of posters being torn down.
After the early morning shows of both films, fans have been showering praise on both films, hailing their superstars. Here's a look at the social media reactions.
My childwood(most of 90's nd 80's kids) super hero is here😍after long long time I saw him today after #Padaiyapa #Petta wat an awesome complete #Rajinikanth movi..Mass,Class,dialogues,dance emotion,romance wow wow thank you#PettaPARAAK #PettaFromToday #PettaFDFS #PettaReview— Akshaya (@DCAkshaya) January 10, 2019
#Viswasam Interval - Man - The interval block scenes, Ajith fans will lose their throat shouting!! This is the best acting performance of Ajith sir in the past 5 - 6 years! Movie not just meant for fans - but for family audience throughout tamilnadu. Siva has shown his viswasam !— Prashanth Rangaswamy (@itisprashanth) January 9, 2019
#Viswasam 2nd half: The father - daughter sentiments and family angle click in a big way. Enough mass moments too, with the much hyped toilet fight totally fulfilling expectations.— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) January 9, 2019
Mainstream general audience and #ThalaAjith fans will like #Viswasam 👍👍 Wholesome festival film