(This article is authored by Alar)
In an unexpected turn of events, the highly-anticipated audio launch of Vijay's forthcoming film, "Leo," has been cancelled by Seven Screen Studio, the esteemed production house behind the project. The decision, as per official statements, was influenced by an overwhelming surge in pass requests and the paramount consideration of safety concerns.
The studio's formal explanation categorically denied any political pressures or external factors as contributing to this decision, emphasizing the magnitude of fan enthusiasm as the primary factor. However, the world of social media has been set ablaze with debates and speculations.
Fans, ever zealous in their support for their beloved star, are refusing to take this cancellation lightly. Some have even suggested that political pressure may have played a role, referencing a recent incident involving AR Rahman's concert earlier this month. The murmurs on social media hint at a deeper undercurrent of speculation that goes beyond the official explanation.
Adding to the intrigue, political figure Seeman has weighed in on the matter, insinuating that the cancellation may be linked to the state government's pressures. Seeman's statement, asserting, "The audio launch event has been denied due to the political entry of Vijay.," has intensified ongoing debates within fan communities and the broader public.
However, amid no early morning shows, and no audio launch, "Leo" continues to be a subject of fascination, only for the anticipation of the "Master duo" of Lokesh Kanagaraj - Vijay. Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and co-written by Rathna Kumar and Deeraj Vaidy, "Leo" stands as the third instalment in the Lokesh Cinematic Universe.
Produced by S. S. Lalit Kumar with Jagadish Palanisamy as co-producer, the film boasts a stellar ensemble cast featuring Vijay, Trisha, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Sarja, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Mansoor Ali Khan, and Mysskin.
Anirudh Ravichander provides the musical score, with cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa and editing by Philomin Raj. Scheduled for worldwide theatrical release on October 19, 2023, in both standard and IMAX formats.