The year 2015, which draws to a close in eight days from now, was largely a ‘happy’ year for Kollywood despite the fact that almost 150 films failed to make any huge impact at the box-office.
28 films fall under the categories of having tasted huge, moderate and average success at the box-office which meant that producers of these films laughed all the way to their respective banks.
Producers of other films, whose performances in theatres weren’t certainly on the expected levels, recovered soon enough to launch their next projects with renewed confidence. Here’s an overview about the four super-successful films of the year; nothing except success was the common factor in these films as each film had a very different backdrop to its script.
• Thani Oruvan, released a few months back, is already considered an ‘action-packed’ classic film in Kollywood. An action-film getting the ‘classic’ tag is almost unthinkable. Director ‘Jayam’ Raja’s 4-year long effort in conceiving and making the script paid huge dividends at the box-office as the film turned out to be a block-buster. Contributions from ‘Jayam’ Ravi, Nayantara and Aravind Swamy too did the trick.
• Baahubali, the Tamil-Telugu bilingual made by Tollywood’s S.S. Rajamouli, had a huge star-cast in Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka and Tamannaah. The period-type fantasy film, which was shot separately in Tamil and Telugu (sans the fight sequences), made it a super-duper hit as it collected Rs.500 crores all over the world including collections from its dubbed versions; Rajamouli’s lion-hearted effort paid off in an admirable manner.
• Kanchana 2 was Raghava Lawrence’s sequel to Kanchana which itself was a sequel to his Muni which released a few years back. Lawrence didn’t change his successful formula of mixing horror with a heavy dose of comedy and with his own power-packed performance and that of Taapsee Pannu, the film collected more than Rs.65 crores at the box-office. The success has made Lawrence think of extending the Kanchana sequel by one more film.
• Kaaka Muttai proved the adage wrong that a film’s success depended on its budget. The film by debutant director Manikandan won several awards at various Film Festivals across the globe. Kollywood held its head high for having made a truly world-class film with unknown actors and with a couple of child artistes. Usually, these off-beat films don’t do well at the box-office but Kaakka Muttai stood out by collecting several crores.