When will Viruman release around the world for OTT streaming and how did the movie perform at the global box office?

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt less and less in the cinema industry as theatres around the world return to full capacity.

However, not every excited fan will get the opportunity to or may even feel comfortable enough to travel to their local cinema, instead choosing to wait for the home media release.

After a successful theatrical run last month, fans around the world are now curious as to when Viruman will release for OTT streaming and where the movie will be available to watch online.

Viruman: OTT streaming release date confirmed

Viruman is scheduled to premiere for OTT streaming via the Amazon Prime Video platform on Sunday, September 11th.

At the time of writing, neither the filmmakers nor Amazon Prime Video have confirmed a specific release time for the movie; however, the streaming giant typically uploads original content (aside from The Rings of Power notably) at 4:30 AM IST.

“An intrepid and good-hearted son fights to make his arrogant father pay the price for his sins, which includes his mother’s death, and save his brothers from the man’s grip.” – IMDB.

Prime Video offers a 30-day free trial of its services, with three different subscription membership options available to new customers:

  • Rs 179 for a one month
  • Rs 459 for three months
  • Rs 1499 for 12 months

The satellite rights for Viruman have been acquired by Star Vijay, but a release date has not yet been shared.

“It was an unfamiliar territory that I’m glad I chartered into with such hardworking and talented artists like Karthi and Aditi. I hope with the worldwide premiere of this movie, the audiences have a great time watching the movie.2  -Prakash Raj, via CinemaExpress.

Who was cast in the movie?

The following cast members feature in the Viruman movie.

  • Karthi as Viruman
  • Aditi Shankar as Thaenmozhi  
  • Raj Kiran as Niraipandiyan Thevar
  • Prakash Rajas Muniyandi
  • Saranya Ponvannan as Muthulakshmi
  • Soori as Kuthukkal
  • Karunas as Balu
  • Vadivukkarasi as Muniyandi’s mother
  • R. K. Suresh as Soonapona
  • Manoj Bharathiraja as Muthukutty
  • G. M. Sundar as MLA Pathinettaampadiyan
  • Singampuli as Thalaiyaari
  • Ilavarasu as Sangaiya
  • Rajkumar as Ilango
  • O. A. K. Sundar as Kuthalam Thevar

Speaking to India News TV, Karthi explained that “It was such a contrasting experience since Prakash sir and I have a very jovial and happy rapport but the one we play on-screen is totally different as father and son at loggerheads. We are rivals!”

“This movie will give the audiences a glimpse into a never seen before chemistry between the both of us. Watch out for us as we take you on a roller coaster ride of entertainment with the worldwide digital premiere of Viruman.” – Karthi, via India News TV.

Co-star Shankar would add how “With the guidance of Muthaiah sir, and the honor of working on such a beautiful script under the wings of such esteemed artists, made everyday a learning experience. I have put my best foot forward in terms of doing justice to such a huge opportunity.”

How did critics rate Viruman?

Viruman was reportedly made on a budget of around Rs 30 Crore and according to MTWikiBlog, earned Rs 53 Crore from its global box office collection.

Unfortunately, the critics’ reception was decidedly mixed, with the movie scoring an underwhelming 5.3/10 on IMDB and just 1.8/5 on The Times of India.

“On the surface, the story of Viruman does possess the tension needed for an emotional drama, but Muthaiya’s generic writing never lets the film from being anything more than something that’s barely watchable. The screenplay is not only formulaic, but also lazily written; it is so much a screenplay of convenience that we are able to predict plot developments even when they are a mile away.” – The Times of India.

Pinkvilla gave the film a 2.5/5 score, similarly noting how “Viruman is a film that entertains you in bits and pieces but comes with a plot that is predictable even from a mile away.”

“Instead of becoming a snoozefest, the predictability of Muthaiya’s story makes for an easy watch. Not just the old ideas, the film also harps on the outdated formula of Tamil cinema, where everything ends on a happy note. The seamless performances of Prakash Raj, Karthi, and Aditi, cinematographer Selvakumar SK’s vibrant frames, and Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music are other factors that help in selling this generic venture.” – Indian Express.

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