Tamil Movies Exclusives http://tamil.way2movies.com Way2Movies.com -Tamil films news, Hindi film news, Telugu film updates, film news, film review, Movie review , actress photos, trailers, videos , telugu movies, tamil movies, hindi movies, bollywood, actress wall papers, hindi songs, telugu songs, tamil songs, bollywood movies, video songs, funny videos, download hindi songs, download telugu songs, download tamil songs, latest movies Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:31:09 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Tamil films that wowed audiences in 2015]]> 2015-12-29 11:36:28 aditya Of the over 200 Tamil films released this year, there were a few that may not have necessarily created an impact at the box office but they appealed to a mixed audience with their unique storylines, talent and formats.

Way2movies lists 10 such movies that stood out in 2015:

"Kaaka Muttai": M. Manikandan's debut feature "Kaaka Muttai" is not a children's film. It's a movie for adults and relates to children oblivious to the growing social divide, capitalism and elitism. It's also a film you can watch with your children without a doubt, and be assured that they will enjoy it.

"Rajathandiram": A.G. Amid's "Rajathandiram", hands down, is the best heist film to have come from Tamil cinema. Made exclusively for the kind of audience that appreciates original content and doesn't like to be spoon-fed, it's hard to believe it's the work of a newcomer. An extremely well written, edge-of-the-seat thriller, this is a small film with all the potential that big films lack.

"Uttama Villain": Kamal Haasan's semi-autobiographical take on stardom and mortality could easily be the most underrated, star-studded film of the year. While the film may have turned out to be a dud at the ticket windows, Haasan proved once again why he's one of the best writers we have in the country.

"Kuttram Kadithal": This was perhaps this year's dark horse. Revolving around events that take place in a school in a single day, this extremely well-written docu-drama encompasses multiple themes ranging from motherhood to religion and humanity.

"Naanum Rowdydhaan": A story about a wannabe rowdy and a woman he wants to help avenge the death of her father, this is the most entertaining Tamil film of the year. It also brought back two highly talented actors -- Vijay Sethupathi and Parthepan -- to glorious form.

"Trisha Illana Nayantara": An A-rated sex comedy that may have not done full justice to the genre, but introduced us to a young filmmaker, Adhik Ravichandran, who isn't afraid to go against the tide. With an 'adults only' certificate, the makers had the licence to go all guns blazing, and I wish they didn't restrict themselves.

"Thani Oruvan": A film that made its audience root for a villain! How many times does that happen in Indian cinema, given the kind of villains our films produce? In a comeback role, Arvind Swamy was terrific in this extremely stylish thriller that made us take notice of its underestimated director Mohan Raja.

"O Kadhal Kanmani": It doesn't matter if you're a Mani Ratnam fan or not, his "O Kadhal Kanmani" will leave you with an everlasting smile on your face. The movie, which marked the auteur's comeback to the romance genre after a decade, was a refreshing take on contemporary romance and relationship.

"CSK: Charles Shafiq Karthiga": A low-budget thriller that unfolds in a single night in a shopping mall, the entire story of the movie rests on its female protagonist, and that's not something you see often in Tamil filmdom. While the film attempts something offbeat but doesn't quite succeed, it still manages to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

"Kallappadam": Closely following in the footsteps of meta-films such as "Jigarthanda" and "Kathai Thiraikkathai Vasanam Iyakkam", debut filmmaker J. Vadivel's "Kallappadam" is another honest and brave attempt to shine a spotlight on the trials and tribulations of struggling first-timers in filmdom by walking a tightrope between satire and tribute. What we get to see may not be exceptional, but something far offbeat than the mainstream garbage.

Other notable mentions include "Indru Netru Naalai" and "Yennai Arindhaal"

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<![CDATA[Here's why 'Baahubali' is India's biggest blockbuster]]> 2015-07-18 09:02:26 aditya It took S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus "Baahubali - The Beginning" just five days to enter the Rs.200 crore club worldwide, making it the fastest Indian film to achieve the rare feat. It has set several new records, has proved that a film need not always require a superstar to become a blockbuster and has successfully blurred the line between southern cinema and Bollywood.

One of the biggest achievements of the Rs.250 crore film is that it's being celebrated unanimously across the country. No other south Indian film before has received the kind of reception "Baahubali" has been getting.

"Nobody is asked whether they watched the Tamil, Telugu or Hindi version of the film. Irrespective of the language, 'Baahubali' is being watched and that in itself is an accomplishment for the makers," Karthik Kumar, a Bangalore-based techie, told.

"I've already watched the film in Tamil and Telugu. I'm planning to watch it in Hindi as well. It didn't feel like it's a dubbed film, thanks to the effort the team has put into to make it look authentic," Karthik said.

"Baahubali", about two brothers at war for an ancient kingdom, and which stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannah Bhatia in the lead roles, is one of those highly successful rare dubbed films. It came out on July 10 in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi parallelly.

The Hindi dubbed version of the film has netted a whopping Rs.46.77 crore, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Friday.

"It's not just the Hindi version. The film has done extremely well in Tamil as well as Malayalam too. In Tamil Nadu, where the film has released in Tamil and Telugu, it netted nearly Rs.15 crore from first five days, while in Kerala, it has netted over Rs.3 crore," said trade analyst Trinath.

According to Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure, different versions of the film have done well in different locations.

"In the whole of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bangalore for example, the Telugu version has witnessed tremendous footfalls, whereas in Chennai, the Tamil version is doing extremely well. The Hindi version is attracting huge audience in other parts of the country," Tandon told.

In INOX properties, "Baahubali" is one of the highest grossing non-Hindi language films, according to Tandon.

It is every essential for any big film to sustain the first Monday after release and continue its strong run during the weekdays. "Baahubali" passed that test with flying colours.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who distributed the Hindi version of the film, posted on his Twitter page on July 13: "When the Monday exceeds the Friday you know the film has won the hearts of all!!!!! #BaahubaliA(sic)."

Monday numbers are very crucial for any big film's success, said Trinath, and added: "When the Monday numbers didn't even show slight dip, 'Baahubali' was on its way to become a blockbuster."

In Bangalore, Urvashi Cinemas, one of the biggest theatres in the city, has decided to continue playing "Baahubali", snubbing superstar Salman Khan's "Bajrangi Bhaijaan".

"Even on weekdays, we're witnessing occupancy of nearly 90 percent. We're playing the Telugu version, and the response has been exceptional. We've decided to continue playing 'Baahubali' for this week instead of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'," a theatre representative told.

"Baahubali" has also turned out to be one of the biggest grossing non-Hindi films overseas, especially in US, a market that belonged to the stars.

As on Wednesday, the Telugu version of the film minted over Rs.30 crore from US market.

The film registered the highest opening and opening weekend for an Indian film at the US box office, with a per screen average collections of $17,000, second only to "Minions" with $27,000 over the weekend.

The film has achieved appreciation from all quarters. From industrialist Anand Mahindra to Indian cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran, everybody has heaped praise on the movie.

Andhra chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wrote: "I congratulate @ssrajamouli & team for creating a masterpiece like #Baahubali. He has showcased might & pride of Telugu Cinema to the world (sic)"

As the title goes, this is just 'The Beginning' for "Baahubali".

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<![CDATA[Content ruled over stardom in Tamil cinema-2015 first half]]> 2015-06-30 14:18:11 content The first six months of 2015 saw approximately 280 releases in the southern film industry, but performance-wise, it was a mixed first half. The success of films such as "Kanchana 2", "Pataas" and "Kaaka Muttai" came as a surprise, but the failure of some highly-anticipated, big-budgeted and superstar-driven films was worrisome.

Of the record 107 Tamil releases, only 10 turned out to be hits by reaping profits for their producers. Only five more managed to break even.

"Compared to 2014, the first half of 2015 has witnessed an increase in hit percentage. However, most star-studded films performed poorly at box office, resulting in heavy losses for their stakeholders," trade analyst Trinath told.

Raghava Lawrence's horror comedy "Kanchana 2" and National Award winning drama "Kaaka Muttai" reaped three to four times their investment.

While "Kanchana 2" along with its Telugu dubbed version "Ganga" grossed over Rs.100 crore worldwide on an investment of Rs.18 crore, "Kaaka Muttai", which is still running in select cinemas, has raked in over Rs.15 crore.

"These two films deserve the blockbuster tag. 'Kaaka Muttai' has proved that audiences are hungry for good content," Trinath said.

Other successful ventures include "Anegan", "Kaaki Sattai", "I", "O Kadhal Kanmani", "Darling", "36 Vayadhinile" and "Demonte Colony".

"The success of small films such as 'Darling', 'Demonte Colony' and 'Tamiluku En Ondrai Azhuthavum' has given several young filmmakers the courage to experiment. More producers are willing to bet on quirky subjects," he said.

A big disappoint was Kamal Haasan- starrer "Uttama Villain" and Suriya's "Massu Engira Masilamani".

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<![CDATA[Foreign actresses making a splash in southern cinema]]> 2015-04-13 16:14:59 content Born and raised in places outside India, actresses such as Amy Jackson, Nora Fatehi and Scarlett Wilson have crossed over continents to entertain audiences in southern filmdom where they've made a big splash and have won over fans.

British model and actress Amy Jackson made her acting debut in 2010 Tamil drama "Madraspattinam".

Two years later, she made her Hindi debut in Gautham Vasudev Menon-directed "Ek Deewana Tha", and subsequently worked in Tamil and Telugu films such as "Thaandavam" and "Yevadua, respectively.

In the last 12 months, since the release of Vikram-starrer "I", Amy has signed two new Tamil projects and is expected to soon sign a Telugu project as well.

Filmmaker Shankar's magnum opus "I" was the game changer for Amy.

"I had cast Amy because she was perfect for the role of an international super model," Shankar had told of the actress, who also has Akshay Kumar's "Singh Is Bling" in her kitty.

Morocco-based actress Norah Fatehi made her acting debut in 2013 Hindi film "Roar".

Earlier this year, she grooved to an item number in Junior NTR-starrer Telugu actioner "Temper"; and in the last few weeks, Nora has been signed on for two Telugu biggies "Baahubali" and "Kick 2".

"Impressed with her work in 'Temper', Rajamouli had roped her in for a seductive special number in 'Baahubali'," a source from the film's unit had told.

In the song, Nora shared the screen space with another foreign actress Scarlett Wilson.

Scarlett, a British model, was introduced to Telugu filmdom by filmmaker Puri Jagannadh in his film "Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu". She did a cameo in the movie.

Since then, she has mostly featured in special appearances and item numbers in southern projects such as "Prem Adda", "Samar", "Chandee", "Yevadu" and "Jillaa.

Australian beauty Amanda is ready to make her Tamil debut with upcoming film "Saahasam", starring actor Prashanth.

"She has already shot for 40 days for the film. We've kept her identity a secret all these days as we wanted to reveal it at the right time, which is now. We didn't just import a foreign actress. We chose Amanda because her looks suit the character," the film's producer Thiagarajan told.

Amanda was born in London to an English father and Indian mother.

In upcoming Tamil film "Aagam", French actress Aliona Munteanu has been roped in for a crucial role.

"The film's story is about corporate scams. Aliona will be playing a corporate agent from abroad. She will join the sets on April 17," the film's director Vijay Anand told.

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<![CDATA[It's cameo season in southern cinema]]> 2015-03-23 11:00:23 content Call it a promotional stunt or a friendly gesture to cash in on an actor's popularity. Southern stars like Suriya, Dhanush, Ravi Teja and Vishal Krishna Reddy, despite their busy schedules, have taken out time to play cameos in a range of upcoming films.

Suriya, who is busy wrapping up Tamil horror-comedy "Masss", is playing a cameo in his home production "Haiku", a children's film, along with popular actress Amala Paul.

Director Pandiraj said Suriya jumped at the opportunity to work with children.

"I casually asked Suriya sir whether he'd like to be part of the project. I had written a small role and he was excited to be part of the film, more so because it's a children's film. We've already started shooting it," Pandiraj told.

Actor Dhanush has played a brief role in his wife Aishwarya R. Dhanush's upcoming Tamil directorial "Vai Raja Vai".

According to insiders, Dhanush has reprised his role of Kokki Kumar from 2006 Tamil gangster drama "Pudhupettai" in the movie.

In upcoming Kannada film "Vajrakaya", popular southern stars such as Ravi Teja, Sivakarthikeyan, Ravichandran and Dileep matched steps with superstar Shivarajkumar for a special song.

Director Harsha says the song will be one of the major highlights of the film.

"Audiences expect something different from each film. We came up with this idea to surprise the fans of all the stars. It also shows the bond between the actors, irrespective of the language barrier. I'm certain audiences are going to love this track," Harsha told.

Harsha has also managed to rope in Dhanush to croon a song in his film.

"He's such a talented singer as well. It didn't take him much time to get the Kannada lines right," Harsha said.

Actor Vishal has played a cameo role in upcoming Tamil comedy "Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga". It is for the sake of friendship, Vishal took up the role in the film, which features his best friend Arya in the lead.

Arya, on the other hand, has featured in a cameo in his best friend Vishnu Vishal's upcoming Tamil release "Indru Netru Naalai".

A leading producer avers that star cameos can draw audiences in large number to cinemas.

"It's a simple tactic to bring audiences to the cinemas. If their favourite star is playing a five-minute cameo, fans usually tend to go crazy. It's slowly becoming a trend. Popular stars are willing to chip in with brief performances even for free for some of their friends," the producer told.

Veteran actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, who bid adieu to acting a while ago, has played an important role in his son Shanmuga Pandian's debut film "Sagaptham".

Another popular Tamil star Silambarasan aka Simbu was roped in to croon a song in "Sagaptham", which is slated for release on April 2.

Telugu actor Allu Arjun, who enjoys a large fan base, is making his Hindi debut in upcoming dance film "ABCD 2".

"Arjun will be playing Aryan Chauhan. It's a guest role where he'll showcase his dance moves. It was at the behest of choreographer-director Prabhu Deva that he agreed to be part of the film. He has already shot his portion," a source close to the actor told.

So, get set to see the stars in cameos!

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<![CDATA[2014 Tamil Movies Hits n Flops]]> 2014-12-31 10:48:27 aditya Way2movies presents you the list of Kollywood Hits and Flops for the year 2014. Tamil film industry witnessed over 200 straight Tamil releases this year, which is much more compared to last two years.

As always, there are few expected star film hits, Surprising low budget winners, highly expected films ending up as disasters.

2014 is the year of new talent, more than formulaic and commercial entertainers. Young filmakers caught moviegoers attention with refreshing and unique scripts. YIB, VIP [cinematographer Velraj], Kochadaiiyaan [Soundarya Rajinikanth], Mundaasupatti, Manjapai, Arima Nambi, Irumbu Kuthirai, Naaigal Jaakirathai to name a few.

Here is Kollywood 2014 Box-Office report card and our analysis. Take a look…

2014 had a good start with Aagadam, a Tamil film that was certified by Guinness World Record as the longest uncut film with 123 mins 30 secs running time.

Relating to the Box Office reports of the previous year [2013], 2014 has been quite successful for Tamil film industry. It has seen many noteworthy hits like Jilla, Veeram, Goli Soda, Yaamirukka Bayamey, Kaththi, Aranmanai, Thegidi, Maan Karate, Madras, Velai Illa Pattathari, Lingaa, Kaaviya Thalaivan, Saivam and many more.

Star Power & Expected Hits:

Vijay and Ajith has started off the year with a bang. Pongal releases, Jilla brought back the craze of multi-starrers, thanks to debutante director Nesan, while Veeram earned good collections at Tamil Nadu Box Office with descent profits to the makers.

Superstar Rajinikanth has his share of two films during 2014. While Kochadaiiyaan remained a moderate commercial hit, Lingaa collected more than 100 Cr net worldwide.

The actor-producer Vishal has won his second sequential hit with Naan Sigappu Manithan under Vishal Film Factory banner in Thiru direction. One more actor-producer Dhanush received his much needed hit with Velai Illa Pattathari, after continuous flops [3, Mariyaan, Naiyaandi] in the previous year.

Siddharth acquired his much needed break in Tamil industry with Jigarthanda, followed by Kaaviya Thalaivan. After tasting continuous flops in 2013, Karthi has made a strong comeback with Madras this year. Star comedian Santhanam has tested his hands as lead actor in Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham, which turned out to be a descent hit.

Stars like Siva Karthikeyan [Maan Karatae], Vijay Sethupathi [Rummy, Pannaiyarum Padminiyum], Vishnu Vishal [Mundaasupatti, Jeeva] have continued their winning streak with respective films.

Big Budget Misses:

Suriya's Lingusamy directed Anjaan bombed big time due to routine story and regular performances, Samantha's bikini act didn't grab in much needed audiences for Anjaan.

Ravi K Chandran's directorial debut Yaan featuring Jeeva and Thulasi Nair couldn't reap gold at the box office, despite good performances.

Bollywood producers, Yash Raj Films southern debut Aaha Kalyam with Nani and Vani Kapoor ended up to be a moderate hit with no profits no loss to the makers, even after releasing in Tamil and Telugu languages.

Small is Big:

Miraculously, few low budget films turned out to be hits with no big stars in the cast. Films like, Goli Soda, horror films Yaamirukka Bayamey, Thegidi, Aranmanai, Pisasu. Sports drama Vallinam, Jeeva. Thrillers like Ennamo Nadakathu, Nee Enge En Anbe. Different genres like Dulquuer Salman's Tamil debut Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, Attakathi Dinesh's Cuckoo romance of two visually challenged youngsters. Social movie 'Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe' taken on petrol crisis for social awareness, kept cash registers ringing at the overseas Box office too.

A brief look at Kollywood Hits and Flops 2014…

S.No

Movie

Cast

Director

Hit / Flop

1 Jilla Mohanlal, Vijay, Kajal Aggarwal

RT neason

Blockbuster

2 Veeram Ajith, Tamannaah, Vidharth, Pradeep Rawat

Siruthai Siva

Blockbuster

3 Goli Soda Sree Ram, Kishore, Pandi, Murugesh

Vijay Milton

Superhit

4 Inga Enna Solluthu VTV Ganesh, Meera Jasmine, Santhanam

Vincent Selva

Above Average

5 Rummy Vijay Sethupathi, Iyshwarya Rajesh, Inigo Prabhakaran, Gayathrie

Balakrishnan

HIt

6 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Vijay Sethupathi, Iyshwarya Rajesh,

Arun Kumar

Superhit

7 Pulivaal Vimal, Prasanna, Ananya, Iniya, Oviya

Maarimuthu

Average

8 Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayantara, Chaya Singh

SR Prabhakaran

Hit

9 Aaha Kalyanam Nani, Vani Kapoor

Gokul

Average

10 Bramman Sasikumar, Lavanya Tripathi, Santhanam

Socrates

Hit

11 Thegidi Ashok Selvan, Janani Iyer

Ramesh

Superhit

12 Vallinam Nakul, Mrudhula Basker, Atul Kulkarni

Arivazhagan

Hit

13 Cuckoo Attakathi Dinesh, Malavika Nair

Raju Murugan

Superhit

14 Maan Karate Sivakarthikeyan, Hansika Motwani, Vamsi Krishna

Thirukumaran

Superhit

15 Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum Arulnithi, Bindu Madhavi, Ashrita Shetty

Chimbudevan

Above average

16 Naan Sigappu Manithan Vishal, Lakshmi Menon

Thiru

Blockbuster

17 Damaal Dumeel Vaibhav, Remya Nambeesan

Shree

Average

18 Tenaliraman Vadivelu, Meenakshi Dixit

Yuvaraj Dhayalan

Hit

19 Ennamo Nadakathu Vijay Vasanth, Mahima Nambiar, Prabhu, Rahman

Rajapandi

Hit

20 Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Dulquer Salman, Nazriya Nazim, Madhoo

Balaji Mohan

Hit

21 Yennamo Yedho Gautham Karthik, Rakul Preet Singh,Nikesha Patel

Ravi Thiyaagarajan

Average

22 Nee Enge En Anbe Nayantara, Vaidhav Reddy, Harshavardhan Rane, Pasupathy

Sekhar Kammula

Hit

23 Yaamirukka Bayamey Kreshna, Rupa Manjari, Oviya, Karunakaran

Deekay

Sperhit

22 Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham Santhanam, Ashna Zaveri, Mirchi Senthil,Nagineedu

Srinath

Descent Hit

23 Kochadaiiyaan Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Shobhana, Sarathkumar, Aadhi, Jackie Shroff, Nasser

Soundarya Ashwin Rajinikanth

Commercial Hit

24 Un Samayal Arayil Prakashraj, Sneha, Urvashi, Tejus, Samyuktha Hornad

Prakashraj

Descent Hit

25 Manjapai Vimal, Lakshmi Menon, Rajkiran

Naveen Raghavan

Descent Hit

26 Mundasupatti Vishnu Vishal, Nandita

Ram

Superhit

27 Vada Curry Jai, Swati Reddy, RJ Balaji

Saravanarajan

Hit

28 Saivam Nassar, Baby Sara, Baasha, Twara Desai

AL Vijay

Superhit

29 Arima Nambi Vikram Prabhu, Priya Anand

Anand Shankar

Superhit

30 Sathuranga Vettai Natarajan Subramaniam, Ishara Nair

H Vinoth

Superhit

31 Velai Illa Pattathari Dhanush, Amala Paul

Velraj

Blockbuster

32 Jigarthanda Siddharth, Lakshmi Menon, Bobby Simha

Karthik Subbaraj

Superhit

33 Sarabham Naveen Chandra, Salony Luthra, Aadukalam Naren

Arun Mohan

Average

34 Anjaan Suriya, Samantha, Vidyut Jamwal, Manoj Bajpai

N Lingusamy

Flop

35 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Santhosh Prathap, Akhila Kishore, Sahithya Jagannathan

R Parthiepan

Average

36 Irumbu Kuthirai Atharvaa, Priya Anand, Raai Laxmi

Yuvaraj Bose

Above average

37 Salim Vijay Antony, Aksha Pardasany

NV Nirmal Kumar

BO hit

38 Amara Kaaviyam Sathya, Mia George

Jeeva Shankar

Descent Hit

39 Burma Michael Thangadurai, Reshmi Menon, Atul Kulkarni

Dharanidharan

Descent Hit

40 Sigaram Thodu Vikram Prabhu, Monal Gajjar, Sathyaraj

Gaurav Narayan

Descent Hit

41 Vanavarayan Vallavarayan Kreshna, Makapa Anand, Monal Gajjar

Rajmohan

Small was big down south. Low budget films, which were high on creative content, emerged as the real winners in 2014. Offerings like "Yaamirukka Bayamey" and "Karthikeya" not only set the cash registers ringing but also spelt profit for the investors in the southern filmdom, which otherwise registered a mere five percent hits out of about 500 releases.

Biggies like "Lingaa", "Kaththi", "Veeram" and "Aagadu" managed to strike gold at the box-office, but they couldn't qualify as successful ventures.

"A successful film is one which benefits every investor - from a producer to distributor to theatre owner. All these stars' films are sold at exorbitant prices, hence it becomes extremely difficult for distributors and other investors to make profits," trade analyst Trinath told .

A.R. Murugadoss-directed Tamil actioner "Kaththi" raked in over Rs.100 crore ($16 million) on an investment of about Rs.70 crore. Likewise, Rajinikanth's "Lingaa", said to be a Rs.80 crore movie, collected about Rs.100 crore in its opening weekend worldwide.

The most profitable Tamil films of the year were "Vella Illa Pattathari", "Aranmanai", "Yaamirukka Bayamey", "Thegidi", "Goli Soda", and "Maan Karate".

"Except 'Aranmanai', all other films were made under the budget of Rs.10 crore, but they managed to collect nearly double the amount invested in them at the box-office. These films have benefited all the investors because they didn't have to spend too much on acquiring their rights," Trinath said.

Horror-comedy "Aranmanai", said to be a Rs.12 crore movie, earned Rs.22 crore.

Other notable Tamil hits included "Manjapai", "Sathuranga Vettai", "Kathai Thiraikkathai Vasanam Iyakkam", "Mundasupatti" and "Naaigal Jaakirathai".

"Audiences are backing creative content. A case in point is the success of low-budget films such as 'Sathuranga Vettai'. Who would've expected a film like 'Naaigal Jaakirathai' featuring a dog in lead role to do exceptionally well," distributor Arvind Nambiar questioned.

According to Nambiar, the biggest Tamil hit in terms of return on investment is Dhanush's "Vella Illa Pattathari". Made on a budget of Rs.8 crore, including promotional costs, the film collected a whopping Rs.53 crore.

It has been a bad year for Telugu movies. With almost all the biggies biting the dust, it was sleeper hits like "Karthikeya", "Oohalu Gusagusalade" and "Run Raja Run" that maintained the footfalls.

The biggest Telugu hit was "Karthikeya" by debutant director Chandoo Mondeti.

The Akkineni family's Telugu family drama "Manam" was a successful venture because of the low cost involved.

"Since the film featured actors from three generations of the Akkineni family, it didn't cost them much. It collected about Rs.40 crore worldwide and celebrated a 50-day run at the box-office. Moreover, the makers solely enjoyed the success because they had released the film on their own," a leading producer said.

"The Telugu industry suffered huge losses due to big films such as 'Govindudu Andarivadele', 'Heart Attack', 'Rabhasa', 'Power' and 'Aagadu'. These films may have opened to big numbers, but they failed to turn profitable," he added.

Malayalam cinema has pushed the envelope content-wise. At the box-office, the films did fairly well compared to Telugu and Tamil industries.

The biggest Malayalam hit of the year was Anjali Menon-directed "Bangalore Days".

"Most Malayalam films are produced under the budget of Rs.10 crore. Rarely will you find a film made on a higher budget," Nambiar said.

"Bangalore Days", about three cousins from Kerala who move to Bengaluru, raked in nearly Rs.50 crore on an investment of Rs.9 crore.

"Not only was 'Bangalore Days' a profitable venture, it was also the most widely viewed Malayalam film in recent times. Since it released worldwide with English subtitles, it opened to overwhelming response. In Mumbai, the film ran for nearly five weeks," Nambiar said.

According to trade sources, "Bangalore Days" even beat Malayalam thriller "Drishyam" at the box-office.

The second biggest hit in the language was comedy "Vellimoonga".

"Even the trade experts didn't expect 'Vellimoonga' to do so well. It turned out to be a surprise hit. Made under Rs.5 crore, it went on to mint over Rs.20 crore at the box-office," Nambiar added.

Other Malayalam hits included "Ring Master", "How Old Are You" and "7th Day".

"Bangalore Days" and "How Old Are You" featured women in prominent roles. While the former was directed by Anjali, the latter was the comeback film of actress Manju Warrier, who played the lead.

In Kannada, star-studded films such as "Maanikya" and "Power" were money spinners. Both the films were remake of Telugu films "Mirchi" and "Dookudu", respectively.

"The Kannada industry plays safe by betting on successful remakes. Hence, the chances of box-office disasters are low. There are exceptions, but it's been an average year for the industry with not too many flops," distributor Sudharshan Hegde told .

Both "Maanikya" and "Power", estimated to be made on Rs.15 crore and Rs. 30 crore, collected over Rs.50 crore at the ticket window.

Other Kannada hits included "Ugramm", "Chandralekha" and "Gajakesari".

In a nutshell, while small made it big, it was a disappointing year for southern biggies.

* Mere five percent hits of about 500 releases.

* Biggies like "Lingaa", "Kaththi", "Veeram" and "Aagadu" struck gold at the box-office, but couldn't qualify as successful ventures.

* The most profitable Tamil films of the year were "Vella Illa Pattathari", "Aranmanai", "Yaamirukka Bayamey", "Thegidi", "Goli Soda", and "Maan Karate".

* Except for 'Aranmanai', all other films were made for under Rs.10 crore, but managed to collect nearly double the amount invested in them.

* Biggest Tamil hit in terms of return on investment was Dhanush's "Vella Illa Pattathari". Made for Rs.8 crore it collected a whopping Rs.53 crore.

* Akkineni family's Telugu family drama "Manam" was a successful because of the low cost involved

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0 <![CDATA[Kollywood nearing Double Century: 2014 Releases]]> 2014-11-22 11:26:02 aditya Over the years, Tamil films have been entertaining the audiences all over the world and travelled a long way. With an increase in the number of movies releasing each year, over two hundred films have been hitting the big screens only in Kollywood during 2014.

Starting from the first Friday of this year, eventually on 3rd of January with Agadam, a set of 189 Tamil films have been released in past 46 weeks, i.e., Fridays including noted, known and many unnoticed movies that made good returns for the producers, albeit many bombed big time with no traces.

At the same time when much awaited Pongal releases Vijay-Mohanlal's Jilla, Ajith-Tamanna's Veeram minted huge profits for film makers, Superstar Rajinikanth's Kochadaiiyaan, Suriya's Anjaan directed by Lingusamy and Jeeva's Yaan in Ravi K Chandran direction stood as disappointments of the year.

Vishal's Naan Sigappu Manithan with his Pandiyanadu actress Lakshmi Menon, Dhanush's Amala Paul starrer Velai Illa Pattathari, Poojai, Madras, Jigarthanda, are few noted superhits in 2014.

Vijay's AR Murugadoss directed Kaththi has tend to become highest grosser of the year 2014 at the Box Office. Apparently, this Samantha starrer joined Rs.100 Crore Club. Kaththi is Vijay's second 100CC film and third for ARM in a row after Thuppakki and Holiday.

Coming down, moderate films such as Vijay Milton's Goli Soda by Thirupathi Brothers, Cuckoo, Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, Yaamirukka Bayamey, Un Samayal Arayil, Manjapai, Vishnu Vishal's Mundaasupatti, Naan Than Bala that brought out the established actor in Vivek, Sathuranga Vettai are few Tamil movies that released with comparatively less expectations, yet restrained with good reviews.

Films like Rummy, Pannaiyarum Padminiyum banked on Vijay Sethupathi's name. Udhayanidhi Stalin-Nayantara starred Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal, Nimirndhu Nil, Nani's Aaha Kalyanam [First Southern production of Yash Raj Films], Bramman, Thegidi stood entertainers of the year along with Vallinam, Maan Karate, Ennamo Nadakkudhu, Vadacurry, Arima Nambi, Sigaram Thodu, Vanavarayan Vallavarayan.

Tamil remakes of Telugu films such as Yennamo Yedho [Ala Modalindi], Santhanam's Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham [Maryada Ramanna] and Hindi movie Kahaani Tamil remake featuring Nayantara Nee Enge En Anbe have got good reception from native cinema lovers.

Not leaving behind, Tamil audiences also gave their acceptance to movies with different genres like AL Vijay directed Saivam, Ramanujan, Jigarthanda, Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam, Irumbu Kuthirai [A film on bikers], Amara Kaaviyam, Aadama Jaichomada, Aranmanai, Madras, Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe, Appuchi Gramam, Naaigal Jaakirthai and others.

Few more films such as Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum, Damaal Dumeel, Thirudan Police, Arjun's Jaihind 2 have done not so profitable business.

Theaters in K-town have screened nearly 189 Tamil films in 2014 till 21st of November and over two dozens of movies are still awaiting the release dates that includes Kaaviya Thalaivan and Lingaa.

Stay tuned for a complete report on the hits and flops of 2014 listing the best.

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<![CDATA[Kollywood technicians bitten by the acting bug]]> 2014-11-21 10:54:45 content There's nothing more rewarding than the high one gets while facing the camera as an actor. Maybe that's why an increasing number of southern technicians have taken interest in acting and are seriously contemplating a switch in career.

Ever since Prabhudeva, a popular choreographer and dancer, donned the actor's hat many years ago, the trend may not have caught on, but it definitely didn't fizzle out.

For popular southern composer G.V Prakash Kumar, nephew of A.R Rahman, the acting seed was planted by filmmaker A.R Murugadoss.

"Murugadoss sir saw one of the posters of 'Thaandavam', in which I was singing into a microphone. He liked it and called me to ask if I'd act in his production. I wasn't really interested with the offer, but he somehow managed to convince me," Prakash told.

Unfortunately, the film was shelved. But Prakash went on to sign three films as actor - "Pencil", "Darling" and "Trisha Illana Nayantara".

Prakash has "no plans" on giving up music for acting. In fact, he recently signed Tamil actor Vijay's yet-untitled next film as a composer.

Producer R.K. Suresh, who is making his acting debut in filmmaker Bala's Tamil drama "Tharai Thappattai", says he has always been interested in acting.

"I have the intellect of a businessman and the heart of an actor. I even undertook acting classes a few years ago to keep myself ever ready for an opportunity to act. When I met Bala sir during the release of 'Paradesi', I expressed my interest to act," Suresh told.

Six months later, Suresh received a call from Bala, who wanted him to play the villain in "Tharai Thappattai".

Suresh will continue producing films, but said that "I'm open to act if I get good opportunities".

For composer Vijay Antony, who turned actor with Tamil thriller "Naan", it was an opportunity to "break away from monotony".

"I've acted in plays and have also tried writing. Although acting was on my mind, I didn't want to romance three heroines and fight an army of henchmen. I wanted to debut in a script-oriented film. Acting was my shot at doing something more creative," Antony told.

"Naan" was a sleeper hit, while its sequel "Salim", which released recently, turned out to be a highly profitable venture.

Antony also will continue composing music while simultaneously acting.

In upcoming Telugu comedy "Gaddam Gang", composer Achu has played an important role.

While it was actor Rajasekhar, who convinced Achu to take up the role, one isn't sure if he will continue acting.

In Tamil comedy, "Kallappadam", the film's director, editor, cinematographer and music composer play themselves in the movie. It's about how first-timers try and make a film braving the challenges thrown at them by the industry.

"We all decided to act because we play ourselves in the film. Who else can play us better than ourselves? I'm not sure if we wish to act again but facing the camera and seeing yourself on the monitor afterwards does feel good," the film's director, Vadivel, told.

Going by the trend, it could verily be asked: Why should only heroes have all the fun?

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<![CDATA[Southern cinema's uncredited film adaptations]]> 2014-11-12 14:29:10 content When filmmaker A.R. Murugadoss made Suriya-starrer Tamil actioner "Ghajini", he vehemently denied that his film was adapted from Christopher Nolan's "Memento". Since then, very few southern filmmakers have openly admitted to foreign influences in their films such as "Vidiyum Munn", "Yaamirukka Bayamey" and "Jigarthanda".

Debutant Balaji K. Kumar's Tamil thriller "Vidiyum Munn", about a sex worker's effort to save a young girl, was raved by critics and audiences alike when it released last year. It was lauded as the best staged movie since Mysskin's "Onayum Aatukuttiyum".

But what many didn't know was that the film was heavily inspired by British thriller "London to Brighton". Not only did Balaji lift the plot from the original, but a few scenes as well.

Tamil horror-comedy "Yaamirukka Bayamey", which is one of the biggest hits of the year, revolves around a group of people who turn an abandoned bungalow into a hotel. As customers start trickling in, each one mysteriously winds up dead. The rest of the film's plot is about unraveling the mystery.

This film borrows its plot from 1998 South Korean film "The Quiet Family". The only creative part in the Tamil version is that its director Deekay added a ghost angle to the story, which was not to be found in the original. Otherwise, both the films have a very similar storyline.

Sundeep Kishan's Telugu romantic-drama "Ra Ra Krishnayya" is based on Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary". After the film's release, Sundeep openly tweeted saying that "Ra Ra Krishnayya" was indeed based on Boyle's film, which was also made in Hindi as "Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya" few years ago.

Filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj left audiences and critics in awe with his "realistic" gangster story "Jigarthanda". About a passionate filmmaker's plight to make a gangster film, it was loosely based on 2006 South Korean film "A Dirty Carnival".

In both the stories, a filmmaker decides to make a gangster film by closely following a real gangster. Subbaraj very smartly makes audiences see "Jigarthanda" as meta cinema, which it is to a large extent. But that doesn't deny the fact how liberally he has taken inspiration for his story from a foreign film.

Tamil thriller "Sarabham" is a blatant copy of 2003 Japanese thriller "Game". Both the films are about a hardworking advertising executive, who after being replaced by someone on a prestigious project, decides to kidnap his boss's daughter (who helps in the kidnapping) as payback.

Venkat Prabhu-directed Tamil thriller "Biriyani" borrows its plot from English comedy "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle". In the English version, two friends go on a road trip in the middle of the night to eat burgers at White Castle, while the Tamil version is about two friends who hit the roads to eat biryani.

But Prabhu deserves to be credited for showing some creativity and making changes to the story. Never do you feel it is a frame-to-frame copy.

Cinematographer-turned-director Ravi K. Chandran's maiden Tamil directorial "Yaan" is largely based on 1978 American film "Midnight Express".

The protagonists in both the films are busted for possession of drugs and are sentenced to life in foreign prisons. There are several scenes that Chandran has straightly lifted from the original.

For instance, during his first night in the holding, Jiiva sneaks out of his cell and steals a blanket and later gets involved in a fight with the guards. This exact scene can also be found in "Midnight Express".

Maybe southern filmmakers have taken filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's quote - "I steal from every single movie ever made" - way too seriously, and hence, don't bother give due credit to the source of inspiration.

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