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Mersal (Adirindhi) Movie Poster

Trivia for Mersal (Adirindhi)

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  • Vijay acts in 3 different characters for the first time in this film.
  • The title design for the film was made so that when flipped upside down, it would look like it spelled 'Vijay', the name of the lead star, and the first character is shaped to look like the number 61, signifying that this is Vijay's 61st film.
  • From this film onward, Vijay will not be sporting his usual 'Ilaya Thalapathy' epithet which he did for most of his career up till now, but instead will sport 'Thalapathy'
  • 24 years after the song "Chikku Bukku" in 1993, prominent young music composer and actor G.V. Prakash Kumar, will sing a song for his uncle A.R. Rahman in this film.
  • The proudcers have officially stated that this film is being produced in Tamil as well as in Telugu, which could make it Vijay's first direct Telugu film, and his first full length non-Tamil movie. (In 2012 he made a cameo appearance in the Bollywood film'Rowdy Rathore').
  • The first look poster of the Telugu version of this film, 'Adirindhi', became the most liked Telugu first look on Twitter (with 27 000 Likes in 1 week), marginally beating the total number of likes of that of A.R. Murgadoss' 'SPYder' (26 900 Likes) which released two months prior. This is surprising to many in both Kollywood and Tollywood, since this film did not receive as much anticipation or press before in Telugu as SPYder, a Telugu-Tamil bilingual, received in both languages. And although Vijay is a very popular face among Telugu audiences, his market in that language is not considered too firmly established as of yet.
  • This is director Atlee's first film without music composer G. V. Prakash Kumar (although he sings a song for the film's soundtrack). Coincidentally, the music composer for this film is Oscar winner A. R. Rahman, G.V. Prakash's maternal uncle.
  • This is the 3rd Vijay starrer for which A.R. Rahman has composed the music for. It also happens to be releasing on both of their careers' 25th anniversary.
  • The Twitter has given a emoji of the first look of the film respecting the lead actor Vijay.
  • This is actor vijay's highest budget movie (135 CRS) which is also said to be the third highest budget Tamil movie after Enthiran and 2.0.
  • After 'Vettaikaran' in 2009, 'Mersal' has been granted a U/A certificate by the CBFC. Vijay breaks his continuous streak of having U-certified films since with this one.
  • This is not Vijay's first film since 'Vettaikaran' to have been granted a U/A certificate. Both 'Thuppakki' and 'Thalaivaa' were certified as such initially, but have been resent for cuts and been recertified with a U certificate just prior to their release.
  • Ever since the 2012-released 'Thuppakki' , Vijay has sung a song in each of his films' official soundtrack. Much to the disappointment of his fans, he has broken that streak with 'Mersal', where he has not sung for any of the 4 official tracks.
  • The Mersal soundtrack topped the iTunes India Top Albums chart in a matter of minutes.
  • This is the third time Vijay has acted with Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. He previously acted with Kajal in Thuppakki (2012) and Jilla (2014). He previously acted with Samantha in Kaththi (2014) and Theri (2016), the latter which was written and directed by Atlee as well.
  • The teaser video of mersal has gone viral raking in more than 1 million likes to become the world's most liked film teaser on YouTube. The record was earlier held by Ajith's Vivegam with 599k likes.
  • Actor Vijay had performed few magic tricks in the film to make it more realistic. He learned magic from professional magicians from Bulgaria, USA and Germany.
  • Actress Jothika was opted for the role of Aiswarya but due to unavoidable situations she wasn't able to take part in the film. Instead, Actress Nithya Menon was added to the cast.
  • This film created a great controversy for mocking Indian government's digital India scheme as well as recent GST tax. A hashtag #MersalvsModi started trending in social media.
  • As of 2017, this is Vijay and Atlee's highest rated movie on IMDb.
  • This is the Highest Grossing Tamil Film of 2017.....raking around 220 crores in 19 days
  • This heavy budgeted film was completely shot within a period of less than 120 days.
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