Kollywood has seen a huge set of about 150+ films released during 2012 till December 28, the last Friday of the year and viewers can watch reviews at Way2movies.com. Out of all the 2012 Tamil releases, only 7 movies have completed their successful run of 100 days namely Vijay’s Nanban, Muppozhuthum Un Karpanaigal [MUK], MGR’s Karnan, Dhanush’s 3, Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Oru Kal Oru Kannadi [OKOK], Siva Karthikeyan’s Manam Kothi Paravai and last but not least Sasikumar’s Sundarapandiyan.
First film to celebrate 100 days was Shankar directed Nanban starred by Ilayathalapathy Vijay, Srikanth, Jeeva and Ileana that was released on 12th January. Might be a remake of Bollywood blockbuster film ‘3 Idiots’, but Nanban has created its own place in the hearts of Tamil audiences, being a multi-starrer with Vijay and Jeeva. Following this many small and big films such as Vettai, Marina, Dhoni, Kadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Yeppadi et al. have released in between, but Atharvaa and Amala Paul featured Muppozhuthum Un Karpanaigal [MUK] has recorded the second film to make successful 100 days run in K-town, which was released during February 17th.
After Jan and Feb released Nanban and MUK, the movie that has world famous ‘Why this Kolaveri di..’ track, 3 was the third film to complete 100 days among the other movies theatered during the first half of 2012. Released on 30th March, 3 is the directorial debut of Supersatar Rajinikanth’s elder daughter Aishwarya R Dhanush featuring Dhanush and Shruthi Haasan in the lead roles. Joining the list next comes April 13th released Oru Kal Oru Kannadi. OKOK is the memorable hero debut by producer Udhayanidhi Stalin in the direction of M. Rajesh. Hansika has paired opposite Udhay in OKOK while Santhanam has provided the comic intervals in this successful comedy caper produced by Red Giant Movies banner.
Meanwhile, Kollywood has enjoyed the release of many noted films like Andrew Louis’s romantic film Leelai, N. Lingusamy’s Vazhakku Enn 18/9, Sundar C’s Kalakalappu and many, which failed to complete their successful run of 100 days at box-office and Siva karthikeyan-Aathmiya’s Manam Kothi Paravai, has stood as the winner completing 100 days on the big screens. Being the mid-season for Tamil releases, only 16 films have hit the mega screens throughout June and July 2012 intervening with 3 biggies Karthi-Praneetha’s Saguni, Nani-Samantha-Sudeep’s Naan Ee and Ajith’s Billa 2 explicitly, which acquired super success with their audios and got good remunerations but couldn’t make a long run.
After the much acclaimed biggies, 2012 August has seen a rush of 22 movies. Of which none could make their presence felt other than Attakathi, Naan and Mugamoodi, but couldn’t stay longer in the race with up-comings like Srikanth-Janani Iyer’s Paagan, Priyamani’s Charulatha, Vikram’s Thaandavam with Anushka, Amy Jackson and AL Vijay and Samuthirakani’s Saattai et al, which bombed at the Chennai box-office and only Sasikumar’s Sundarapandian directed by newbie Prabhakaran stood as a winner completing 100 days run recently on 21st December.
Coming to Kollywood releases in the later half, Sridevi’s come back English Vinglish, KV Anand’s Maatran with Suriya and Kajal Agarwal, Vijay Sethupathi and Remya Nambeesan starred Pizza directed by newbie Karthik Subbaraj, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan’s Aarohanam, Thangar Bachchan’s Ammavin kaipesi, Vijay-AR Murugadoss’s Thuppakki, Simbu’s Podaa Podi the debut of Varalakshmi Sarathkumar, Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, National Award winning director Seenu Ramaswamy’s Neerparavai with Vishnu and Sunaina, Gautham Menon’s Neethane En Ponvasantham [NEP], Vikram Prabhu’s debut film Kumki with Lakshmi Menon along with many small cinemas have seen the day light. But Pizza, Thuppakki, Podaa Podi, Neerparavai, Kumki, Neethane En Ponvasantham have topped the lists, while viewers have to keep checking the space to know which movies have made their good run of 100 days.
Among the 2012 Tamil films Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, Thuppakki, Sundarapandian and Kumki are said to be the blockbuster hits with total return of investments [ROI] with slight profits. While Rajamouli’s Kollywood debut Naan Ee, Pizza and Kalakalappu are witnessed as Superhits, Siddharth’s Kadhalil Sodhapuvadu Yeppadi [KSY], Siva karthikeyan’s Marina and Manam Kothi Paravai are hits and the remaining films like Attakathi, Vazhakku Enn 18/9, Naan, Kazhugu, Saatai, Nanban and Neerparavai are said to be average and above average hits at the Chennai box-office based on their ROI.