Mersal Movie starring Vijay, Samantha Akkineni, Kajal Aggarwal, and Nithya Menen directed by Atlee, and produced by Thenandal Studios Limited, was one of the most successful films of last year at the box office. Now there is a good news for Vijay’s fans! Mersal declared Asias Best Cinema. Recently Mersal Movie was screened at Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), held at Bucheon.
The film’s producer Hema Rukmani of TSL, attended the film festival and was also part of the discussion session. She wrote on the wall of her microblogging page, “Had some quality discussion about Asian cinema with the other panelists at the #BIFAN film festival, held at Bucheon and I’m very glad to share with you that #Mersal was chosen, screened, and appreciated under the ‘Best of Asian Cinema’ category. In my wildest dreams, I have never ever imagined a south korean sojourn. Thanks to #bifan, the fantastic film festival, for making it possible. I had a great time, to say the least, with like-minded people passioned by cinema. #mersal in the best of Asia selection was an unmatched honour. Yayy to the team! #thalapathy #atlee #arr Murali Ramaswamy #srithenandalfilms”
Mersal was released on 18th October 2017 and the film opened to positive reviews with critics praising the performance of Vijay, the cinematography work, A.R. Rahman’s soundtrack, the social message and Atlee’s direction, but criticized the cliché plot and excessive length. Mersal collected Rs 251 Cr (US$39.5 million) (gross) at Worldwide box office and became the fifth-highest grossing Tamil film and Vijay’s highest-grossing film in his career. Mersal is also the fifth highest grossing South Indian film of all time. On 25th January 2018, Mersal completed 100-day theatrical run.