Chennai, Dec 24
From superstar Rajinikanth's Tamil gangster drama 'Kabali' to Mohanlal's Malayalam action-drama 'Puli Murugan', southern cinema thrived on the business made by these biggies and at the same time also witnessed the surprise hits of low-budget, content-driven films such as 'Pellichoopulu' and 'U-Turn'.
The Tamil film industry saw over 200 releases this year, producing hits such as 'Rajini Murugan', 'Irudhi Suttru', 'Pichaikkaran', 'Theri', 'Irumugan' and 'Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyadaa.
'Nearly all star-studded Tamil outings this year turned out to be successful with Suriya's '24' being an exception. Both 'Kabali' and Vijay's 'Theri' managed to mint over Rs 100 crore worldwide and had an extended run in cinemas. This year also gave Tamil filmdom a new star to celebrate,' trade analyst Trinath told IANS.
With two blockbusters in his kitty in 2016, Sivakarthikeyan emerged as star material with 'Rajini Murugan' and 'Remo'.
A leading producer, who requested anonymity, told IANS: 'For Rajinikanth, Vijay and Ajith, it took over 15 years to rise to the top but what Sivakarthikeyan has achieved in just four years is exceptional. With back-to-back hits, he has not only become the darling of the masses but has turned out to be a safe bet for distributors too.'
This year was also special for Vijay Sethupathi, who had six Tamil releases and tasted commercial success with 'Dharmadurai', 'Sethupathi' and 'Aaandavan Kattalai'.
Low-budget Tamil movies such as 'Uriyadi', 'Ammani' and 'Metro' stood out for not treading the usual path.