Tamil Moves Popularity
And it's not just the big-budget blockbusters that are popular. Even the smaller, independent films are finding an audience among Tamil movie goers.
So what is it about Tamil movies that makes them so popular?
For one, they're always packed with action. Whether it's a fight scene or a car chase, there's always something to keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.
And then there's the romance. Tamil movies are known for their steamy love scenes, which are popular with couples as well as singles.
Best Action Tamil Movies
- "Dhoom 3"
- "Ek Tha Tiger"
- "Race 2"
- "Don 2"
- "Dabangg 2"
Best Romance Tamil Movies
- "Gone with the Wind"
- "An Affair to Remember"
- "Love Story"
- "The Notebook"
- "Sleepless in Seattle"
- "You've Got Mail"
- "When Harry Met Sally"
- "The Princess Bride"
What Does Tamil cinema Mean?
Tamil cinema refers to Tamil-language motion pictures, which are primarily made in India. Based in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the filmmaking industry is sometimes colloquially referred to as Kollywood, a portmanteau of Kodambakkam and Hollywood. Tamil cinema has been described as the Indian "Hollywood", despite the latter's influence on world cinema.
The first Tamil talkie, Kalidas, was released in 1931. Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the production of Tamil films, which grew from one film in 1931 to over 200 films in 2000. In 1997 American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino praised Rajinikanth's acting skills after watching his 1996 film Muthu.
The industry is spread mainly in and around Chennai, with a few productions venturing out to other places in Tamil Nadu, India, and abroad. The production studios are mostly located in Chennai's Kodambakkam area. In recent years, foreign locations have been favoured for shooting songs and action sequences. Films shot in Europe and the United States include Jeans (1998), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), I (2015) and 24 (2016).
Since the late 2010s there has been an increase in big-budget films being produced in Tamil, such as 2.0 (2018) and Petta (2019). These films have featured some of the biggest names in Tamil cinema, such as Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Vijay.
The Tamil film industry is one of the largest in India, and as of 2018, was the fourth-largest producer of films in India. In 2009, Tamil films generated ₹1.87 billion (US$27 million) in revenues, making it the second most popular film industry after Bollywood. By 2016 the industry had grown to ₹5 billion (US$70 million). As of 2018, there are over 250 active production companies in Tamil Nadu.
Significant domestic and international awards won by Tamil films include: three National Film Awards, nine Filmfare Awards South, seven Vijay Awards, ten SIIMA Awards, four Edison Awards and two International Indian Film Academy Awards.
What Are The Most Popular Tamil Movies?
There are a number of popular Tamil movies that have been released over the years. Some of these include "Baahubali", "Sultan", "Dhoom 3", "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Wanted". These movies are all action-packed and offer viewers a great deal of entertainment.