Maheswara Rao Nadella | Published On: Sep, 13, 2023 | 05:30 PM
The excitement is building as fans eagerly await the worldwide theatrical release of “Leo,” the much-anticipated feature film directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and starring the charismatic Thalapathy Vijay. Scheduled for its grand release on October 19th, the film had already created a buzz with its special premiere in Tamil Nadu on October 18th. In the latest update, Ahimsa Entertainment, the film’s distributor in the United Kingdom, has revealed some fascinating news: “Leo” will not undergo any cuts in the UK.
The announcement was made via the company’s social media platform, X (formerly known as Twitter), where they expressed their commitment to preserving Lokesh Kanagaraj’s artistic vision. Their post stated:
“Out of respect for Lokesh Kanagaraj’s vision, we’re committing to NO CUTS for #Leo’s UK release. Every frame is essential, and audiences deserve to experience it in its raw form. Once we feel the film has reached a wide audience, we will switch to a 12A-friendly version (sic).”
Out of respect for Lokesh Kanagaraj's vision, we're committing to NO CUTS for #LEO's UK release. Every frame is essential, and audiences deserve to experience it in its raw form. Once we feel the film has reached a wide audience, we'll switch to a 12A friendly version 🙌 pic.twitter.com/TJemUXVTwr
— Ahimsa Entertainment (@ahimsafilms) September 13, 2023
This decision ensures that UK audiences will enjoy the unaltered cinematic experience intended by the director. However, it comes with a thoughtful twist – once the film has gained a significant audience, Ahimsa Entertainment will prepare a 12A version. In cinematic rating terms, a 12A rating implies that the film is suitable for viewers aged 12 and above. Children under the age of 12 can watch the film in theatres, provided they are accompanied by an adult.
For Indian audiences, there’s good news too. “Leo” will be available in its uncut form when it makes its debut on OTT platforms.
— #LEO OFFICIAL (@TeamLeoOffcl) September 13, 2023
It’s worth noting that, in India, “Leo” underwent certain alterations, particularly in the song “Naa Ready,” composed by Anirudh Ravichander. These changes were mandated by censorship guidelines, requiring modifications to lyrics that encouraged alcohol and smoking consumption, as well as the removal of specific shots depicting smoking. These alterations, however, are specific to the Indian release.
“Leo” marks the fifth feature film by Lokesh Kanagaraj and is rumoured to be the third instalment in the Lokesh Cinematic Universe (LCU). Besides Thalapathy Vijay, the film boasts an ensemble cast including Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Sarja, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Mysskin, Priya Anand, and more. The cinematography is skillfully handled by Manoj Paramahamsa, while Philomin Raj, a frequent collaborator of Kanagaraj, serves as the editor.
A final note of importance: If you or someone you know is grappling with alcohol or smoking addiction, please reach out to the appropriate authorities or helplines for assistance and support.