Tamil cinema: 2010 onwards

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The biggest Tamil box office successes of the year



1 Enthiran Sun Pictures

2 Raavanan Madras Talkies

3 Singam Studio Green

4 Naan Mahaan Alla Studio Green

5 Sura Murugan Cine Arts

6 Paiyaa Thirupathi Brothers

7 Aayirathil Oruvan Dream Valley Films

8 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Escape Artists Motion Pictures and R. S. Infotainment

9 Raththa Charithiram Cloud Nine Movies

10 Aasal Sivaji Productions



The hits of 2011


7am Arivu




Deiva Thirumagal

Kanchana (Muni - II)

Mayakkam Enna



Kullanari Koottam


Avan Ivan

Engeyum Eppothum

Yutham Sei


Nadunisi Naigal

Singam Puli


Ponnar Shankar

Engeyum Kadhal

Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai




Aaranya Kaandam





Potta Potti


Yuvan Yuvathi



Vellore Mavattam


Flops of 2011

Sivappu Samy

Tamil Dhesam



Vaada Poda Nanbargal


Thoonga Nagaram




Kadhalar Kudiyiruppu

Aadu Puli

Margazhi 16








Padai Soozha

Sattapadi Kutram

Singayil Gurushethram




Poova Thalaya

Pasakara Nanbargal

Ivan Chathriyan


Suttum Vizhi Sudare

Sabash Sariyana Potti


Aanmai Thavarael

Oru Sandippil

Pillaiyar Theru Kadaisi Veedu

Arumbu Meesai Kurumbu Paarvai

Theneer Viduthi

Bodinayakanur Ganesan





Konjam Veyil Konjam Mazhai

Sankaran Kovil


Uyarthiru 420


Muthal Idam


Puli Vesham

Ayutha Poratam


Madhikettan Saalai

Kaasethan Kadavulada

Vanthaan Ventraan

Aayiram Vilakku

Vaagai Sooda Vaa

Sathurangam (Srikanth)

Varudangal 20


Ra Ra

Keezha Theru Kicha

Uyirin Yedai 21 Gram

Anbulla Kamal

Ra. One

Thambi Vettothi Sundaram

Naa Sivanagiren

Konjam Sirippu Konjam Kobam





Uchithanai Mukarnthal



1) Thuppakki

Starring: Vijay, Kajal,Sathyan

Directed by: AR Murugadoss

Produced by:Thanu S

Thuppakki emerged the numero uno film of 2012, which grossed more than 100* crores in the Box Office and became the third in the all time highest grossers of Kollywood. This film opened a market for Vijay in Andhra Pradesh and also the film’s overseas collection was tremendous.

2) Nanban

Starring: Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Illeana, Sathyaraj, Sathyan

Directed by: Shankar

Produced by:GFC

Shankar’s Nanban, a remake of 3 Idiots, was the first release in 2012 and the year started with a positive note. The film grossed around 90* crores and was declared as a Box Office hit. The film gave a complete makeover to the actor in Vijay.

3) Maattrraan

Starring: Suriya, Kajal

Directed by: KV Anand

Produced by: AGS

Though the film was an above average venture at the Box Office, when it comes to gross, the film is in third position. Thanks to the huge buzz on conjoined twins and also the successful KV Anand- Suriya combination. The film is said to have grossed around 65* crores in the Box Office.

4) Billa 2

Starring: Ajith, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Vidyut Jamwal

Directed by: Chakri Toleti

Produced by: INE Entertainment.

Thanks to phenomenal star power of Ajith, Billa 2 saw a massive opening. Though the film was not appreciated by all, Ajith fans stood behind the film and it grossed around 55* crores in the Box Office.

5) Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

Starring: Udhayanithi Stalin, Hansika, Santhanam

Directed by: Rajesh

Produced by: Udhayanithi Stalin

This film came up as a surprise and grossed around 40 -45* crores in the Box Office. Thanks to the crowd pulling power of Santhanam and director Rajesh. The promotional strategy of Udhayanithi Stalin too worked in favour of the film to a great extent.

6) Saguni

Starring : Karthi, Pranitha, Prakash Raj, Radhika

Directed by: Shankar Dayal

Produced by: Studio Green

The film was an average venture at the Box Office and said to have grossed around 35- 40* crores in Box Office. Studio Green’s marketing initiatives andalso Karthi's growing star power helped the film.

7) Thaandavam

Starring: Vikram, Anushka, Amy Jackson, Lakshmi Rai, Santhanam.

Directed by: AL Vijay

Produced by: UTV

The film is said to have grossed around 35- 40* crores in the Box Office because of the good opening. However, the film's collection was subsequently stopped in its second and third week, probably due to the word of mouth negative remarks.

8) Naan Ee

Starring: Naani, Sudeep, Samantha.

Directed by: Rajamouli

Produced by: PVP

It is very rare for a bilingual film to gross big in Tamil cinema but Naan Ee did it. The uniqueness in treatment and the concept won the gold. The film is said to have grossed around 25- 30 * crores in the Box Office.

9) Sundarapandiyan

Starring: Sasikumar, Lakshmi Menon

Directed by: SR Prabhakaran

Produced by: Company Productions

The film was a super hit at the Box Office and is said to have grossed around 25- 30* crores in the Box Office. Thanks to the simple yet interesting story line and the backdrop.

10) Vettai and Kumki


Starring: Madhavan, Arya, Sameera Reddy, Amala Paul

Directed by: Lingusamy

Produced by: Thirupathi Brothers


Starring: Vikram Prabhu, Lakshmi Menon

Directed by: Prabhu Solomon

Produced by: Thirupathi Brothers

Vettai is said to have grossed around 20 -25 crores in the Box Office. Kumki will also join the league by the end of December. While Vettai is an above average venture at the Box Office, Kumki is a super hit.

Note Gross:

Gross is actually the total amount collected by a film in its theatrical run. But the entire gross amount collected will not go to the producer of the film. To be precise, gross is nothing but the value of overall money collected by the theatrical release of a film. One has to deduct distributor share and theatrical share from gross to find the profit.

  • The gross figures mentioned are approximated


Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya

The Times of India

Here is a list of films that The Times of India estimates were hits of the year 2013

Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya

The film not only marked Santhanam's venture into film production with his Handmade Films, but also kick started the year on a positive note turning out as a hit. The comedy crapper was a much awaited film that created quite a buzz and didn't disappoint the audience.


With all the pre release controversies, Kamal Haasan's magnum opus film reached to the fans with the all the mileage it could gather and turned out be a hit film which was much appreciated for the effort and brilliance in the making. Despite the fragmented release, Vishwaroopam garnered positive reviews. A sequel to the film, Vishwaroopam II is set for release in early next year.

Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga

Pandiaraj's comedy entertainer Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga starring Vimal and Sivakarthikeyan was a complete fun and family entertainer, that turned out be a box-office success completing more than 100 days in theatres in Tamil Nadu. The tale of a wastrel turning responsible has been done to death in Tamil cinema but what set this film apart was the refreshingly effortless manner in which the director spun his tale.

Ethir Neechal

After delivering a hit with KBKR, Sivakarthikeyan was back with another hit with this film which also seems to have given him the confidence to take up roles that do not rely completely on humour. A young man embarrassed with his name decides to carve a name for him through his achievement form the crux of the story.

Singam II

If 'Singam' was mass masala, then 'Singam-2' is doubly so. What worked big time for the movie was the way the director unabashedly went about framing kick-ass mass scenes. The success of the film ensured that 'Singam-2' becomes one of the most successful sequels.


The mere star power of Vijay rings the bells at the box office for the film. Vijay is in top form when he's normal and menacing. Sathyaraj as the don is effective. But the one who makes this arduous journey enjoyable is Santhanam, whose poker-faced humour provides relief in a largely grim story.

Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam

Giving his hat-trick hit of the year, Sivakarthikeyan is among the bankable heroes of Kollywood. What added to the success of the film apart from Sivakarthikeyan, Sathyaraj and Soori is the lighthearted manner in which the director told his story.

Raja Rani

The film became a hit for not only for its breezy love scenes, but also for the message that there is life after love failure. Arya and Nayanthara get married despite being unable to come out of their previous romances. How do they learn to accept each other, and eventually fall in love forms the story.


Ajith is known for his box office openings and doesn't disappoint with his latest flick as well. The film is a very familiar tale of corruption, betrayal and revenge, served up with a dash of style. The director had spun an action thriller that, for the most parts, keeps moving at a fast clip.

Pandiya Naadu

A smartly-written action drama, provided the much needed hit film for Vishal who was long overdue. The film is about a family whose harmony is shattered by anti-social elements, and the consequential quest for revenge by the hero. The director manages to find a balance between the family moments and the action.

See also

Indian cinema: historical outline Covers the era before the first Indian feature filmIndian cinema: 1913-20 Indian cinema: 1920-29 Indian cinema: 1930-39 Indian cinema: 1940-49 Indian cinema: 1950-59 Indian cinema: 1960-69 Indian cinema: 1970-79 Indian cinema: 1980-89 Indian cinema: 1990-99 Indian cinema: 2000-09 Indian cinema: 2010-19

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