Films produced from Kollywood’s dream factory don’t always meet the expectations of the concerned producers, directors, actors, actress and technicians and last but not the least, the fans. More often than not, the fans become the ‘most affected’ category happen to be the audiences. Tamil films have had its own share of hits and misses in the year which draws to a close tomorrow.
Let’s now re-wind and have a look at the super-duper flops( Most awaited but yielded low returns in Box office) of the year:
· Mani Ratnam’s Kadal: Mani Ratnam did nothing to enhance his reputation as one of the country’s premier film-makers by making Kadal which launched Karthik’s son Gautham Karthik and Radha’s daughter Thulasi Nair as the lead pair in Kollywood. Despite Mani’s track record, Kadal inevitably joined the list of his failed ventures such as Raavanan. The ambiguous screenplay, pedestrial dialogues failed to lift the film.
· Bharathiraaja’s Annakodi starred Karthika, elder daughter of yesteryear’s heroine (a Bharathiraaja find) Radha, as the female lead. Credited with providing the ‘oxygen’ for Tamil films in the seventies and eighties and saving it from extinction, Bharathiraaja is apparently on the last leg of his illustrious film-making career.Bommalattam, made in 2008, signified that the director still had fire in his belly but Annakodi not only looked jaded but gave an impression that it wasn’t from his heart. The film on whole had disappointed even Bharathiraaja’s ardent supporters.
· Selvaraghavan’s Irandaam Ulagam has left the viewers baffled. What does Selva actually want to convey through this film? Considered by critics as one of the most promising directors of his era, Selva’s reputation has taken a severe beating in the last few years as he hasn’t tasted success with his last three films on the trot.
In his effort to display a world beyond the realm of imagination, he only ended up in depicting sequences which only seemed to reflect his own confused state of mind. The film caused financial losses running in teen crores.
· Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan was Ameer’s fourth directorial venture and was undoubtedly his first failure as a film-maker. The film took as many as 4 years in the making as Ameer devoted more time to the politics in the film industry than on the task at hand. Despite the presence of ‘Jayam’ Ravi and Neetu Chandra, the film nosedived at the box-office and is ranked as the most disappointing venture in Ravi’s career.
· Maryan & Naiyaandi: Dhanush had twin failures to contend with this year. Adman Bharatbala’s debut directorial venture Maryan failed to click at the box-office. The pre-release hype surrounding the film made Bharatbala’s efforts even more irritating. Dhanush, the actor who prides himself as the one who chooses his scripts only after analyzing them carefully, appears to have failed to apply this yardstick to Maryan’s script.
Rahman’s musical score had nothing much to write about except for one song. Dhanush had another failure to contend with in the form of Naiyaandi which was directed by A. Sarkunam who had made the award-winning Vaagai Sooda Vaa. The forgettable film with a weak script had Nazriya raking up an unnecessary navel-midriff controversy.
· Film-maker Vijay and actor Vijay came together for the first time in Thalaivaa which released a few months ago and marked the only release for Vijay in 2013. The film faced unprecedented pre-release troubles before finally releasing. The controversy notwithstanding, the film bombed miserably at the box-office even as critics termed that the film was made out of 4-5 popular films. The film was taken away from the major Centres/number of shows reduced within two weeks of running.
All in Azhaghu Raja was to be Karthi challenge to the Ajith indirectly, but this director Rajesh’s film ended as damb squib. His previous film Alex Pandian, nearly missed the flop category, thanks to the delayed Vishwaroopam release.