India October 12(IM): With just a week left for the grand release of Thalapathy Vijay-starrer Mersal, fans have already started with the celebrations on social media. On Wednesday, the advance booking of Mersal has started in Bengaluru, but not in Chennai or Tamil Nadu.Owing to the uncertainty over the film's release, theatres owners are yet to open the advance booking option. For the first time in the history, Tamil cinema is helpless and standstill after imposing a local body tax of 10 % by Chennai corporation in addition to the 28 % GST.Speaking about the release, Hema Rukmani of Sri Thenandal Films was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, "Problems are there and people are trying to sort it out the most amicable way possible. We have a film to release and we are hopeful that we can release it. We are working towards it. Let us hope everything works out well for everybody. There is no backup plan. Only hope."If reports are anything to go by, the makers are confident about the film's release. On the other hand, Mersal becomes the third Indian film after Kabali and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion to premiere at Le Grand Rex in Paris.As per trade pundits, Mersal is expected to have a massive opening at the box office. The satellite and other rights have been bagged for a whopping price. Made on a budget of over Rs 120 crore, Mersal is directed by Atlee and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad. Apart from Vijay, it stars Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, SJ Suryah and Vadivelu in important roles.