As of Aug 9, the Malaysian-Tamil film Vedigundu Pasangge has earned RM1.02mil at the Malaysia box-office. This is the first time a local Tamil language film has passed the RM1mil mark. Vedigundu Pasangge opened at cinemas nationwide on July 26.
Director Vimala Perumal said she’s happy that the film is doing so well with the Malaysian crowd.
“We are speechless that the film has made more than RM1mil. We are so thankful to the fans,” said an ecstatic Vimala. “During the roadshows, we’ve learned that people who have watched the film would watch again with their friends and family. Its success is through word of mouth and also thanks to the promotions on Astro Vaanavil.”
Vedigundu Pasangge is the final film in the Pasangge trilogy that looks at the Indian youths in Malaysia. It started with Vilaiyaatu Pasange in 2012, which was followed by Vetti Pasange in 2014.
“The first film, we showed it in three cinemas only – at GSC International Screen halls because at that time only these cinemas had digital projectors. By the time, the second film came out, we could show in 32 cinemas as more cinemas had digital projectors. For this film, we are showing in 55 cinemas, the largest number yet.”
Vedigundu Pasangge highlights the many cultures and traits of the Indian community in Malaysia, while portraying the friendly nature and community spirit of those living in the small town. The story centres on snatch-theft and other social problems that are affecting the Indian community in Malaysia
In an interview with Star2.com back in July, producer and lead actor Denes Kumar said: “We wanted to do something that is on par with top Kollywood productions but the essence of the sequence is still very much Malaysian.”
As it happens, Vedigundu Pasangge was shown at selected cinemas in Britain for two weeks. Vimala said: “This is the first Malaysian Tamil movie to be shown in cinemas in the UK.”
“We are also looking at releasing the film in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore next. At the moment, the film is already vetted by India’s censorship board and we are in the queue for a release. But, India is treating Vedigundu Pasangge at the same level as a film from Tamil Nadu because we use the Tamil language in the film. So we have to wait our turn.”
When asked if she would add on one more movie to the Pasangge series now that it is so successful, Vimala said: “At the moment, the trilogy is complete. Maybe 10 years down the road we could do a film when the pasangge (the boys) are old.”