Director Karthik Subbaraj’s Mercury wasn’t released in Tamil Nadu because of the strike of Tamil Film Producers Council. Mercury is said to be successfully running in Andhra, Kerala and overseas countries. Though reviews from North aren’t encouraging, South audiences are enjoying the film.
In his statement, Karthik expressed his distressing in not showing the film to the people of Tamil Nadu because of the strike. The talented young filmmaker asked people to not watch Mercury in pirated prints.
In an official statement on Friday, Karthik said “Mercury is releasing big worldwide today (April 13) in more than 1000 screens except Tamil Nadu, my home. I’m glad to reach out my film to such a wider audience and overwhelmed with the response so far while this is definitely a moment to cherish in my life, It’s also really really disheartening for us to not show the film to my home audience who made me what am I today. Since we were not able to push the release date outside TN as it will be a big blow to the business, since we were not allowed to release even the Hindi version here in TN, since we support this strike to show solidarity to hopes of thousands of FEFSI workers who are still waiting without work for more than a month, for strike to get over and good things to happen, we are not able to show the film to my home audience. Me and my team with so much pain and helplessness are waiting to show the film to you soon in theaters. Request you all to please wait until it get released in theaters and please avoid piracy. This is my heartfelt sincere Apologies and request to My dearest Tamil audience”.