A Friday around August 15 is one of the most special dates to release films every year. It becomes all the more coveted if it falls around a weekend, giving filmmakers a long weekend to cash in on during Independence Day holiday. This year, the day falls on a Tuesday and gives films a 5 day window to set the box office rolling.

Interestingly, not just a couple of films but eight Tamil films have locked the date for their film’s release. The latest to join this lot is DhanushKajol starrer Tamil/Telugu film VIP 2 (Velaiilla Pattadhari 2). The official announcement was made on Twitter just a while ago but India.com had exclusively informed readers about VIP 2 release date being finalized for August 11, 2017.

However, Dhanush’s film will not be the only one vying for attention from the audience. It’s Hindi version will clash with Akshay KumarBhumi Pednekar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha amongst the Hindi speaking audience. But it is the Tamil version that will have a tough competition with seven other releases. If you are a Tamil movie buff, below is a low down of what is coming your way on August 11.

Watch VIP 2 latest teaser here:

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Satirical comedy directed by Shree Narayan Singh
Stars: Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles and Anupam Kher and Sana Khan as supporting cast.
About: The film bears similarity with current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to make Indian’s aware of the importance of sanitation in India and pull a stop on open defecation.

Watch Toilet: Ek Prem Katha trailer here:

Podhuvaga EmManasu Thangam
Action comedy written and directed by Thalapathy Prabu
Stars: Udhayanidhi Stalin and Nivetha Pethuraj in leading roles along with Parthiepan and Soori in key roles.
About:  A story of relationship dynamics set in a village.

Watch Podhuvaga EmManasu Thangam trailer here:

Thappu Thanda
Dark comedy thriller directed by Srikantan
Stars: Sathya, Shwetha Gai, Mime Gopi, John Vijay and Visaranai Ajay Gosh in prominent roles.
About: A politician uses huge amount of money to bribe and win votes but a gang of small time robbers have their eyes on the moolah.

Watch Thappu Thanda trailer here:

Maayavan
Science fiction thriller film co-written and directed by C. V. Kumar.
Stars: Sundeep Kishan, Lavanya Tripathi in lead roles and Daniel Balaji and Jackie Shroff as support cast.
About:  A contemporary investigation thriller film.

Watch Maayavan teaser here:

Kurangu Bommai
Drama written and directed by Nithilan Swaminathan.
Stars: Vidharth, Delna Davis and Bharathiraja in the lead roles and Elango Kumaravel and P. L. Thenappan in supporting roles.
About: A family-oriented drama laced with suspense that runs throughout the film to keep audience hooked.

Watch Kurangu Bommai trailer here:

Magalir Mattum
Drama written and directed by National award winner Bramma
Stars: Jyothika in the lead role and Saranya, Urvashi, Bhanupriya, Nassar and Livingston in key roles with a cameo by Suriya.
About: Based on a true story, Magalir Mattum will see Jyothika play a documentary filmmaker ‘Prabhavathi’ and the film tells the story of a real-life incident in her life, with fictional elements.

Watch Magalir Mattum trailer here:

Sathya
Crime thriller directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy and written by Adivi Sesh
Stars: Sibi Sathyaraj, Remya Nambeesan and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in leading roles.
About: The Tamil remake of critically-acclaimed Telugu thriller Kshanam (2016), the film revolves around the disappearance of a young girl and the events that follow.

Watch Sathya trailer here:

Naan Aanaiyittal
Tamil dubbed version of Telugu political drama Nene Raju, Nene Mantri
Stars: Rana Daggubati, Kajal Aggarwal in lead roles and Ashutosh Rana and Navdeep in key roles.
About: A simple and righteous man and a loving husband’s desire for power, combined with circumstances make him tread the wrong path and ends up taking a toll on his marriage.

Watch Naan Aanaiyitaal trailer here:

As per industry sources in Kollywood, the line-up is a result of the change in release date of Ajith’s ‘Vivegam’. Most makers want to release their film before Vivegam storm takes over the box office and leaves no room for any other film to make decent profits.

Watch Vivegam teaser here:

Vivegam that also stars Akshara Haasan and Vivek Oberoi is set to release on August 24, 2017.