Kollywood 100 Crore Club Tamil Movies
Every now and then, we come across news articles stating that a Bollywood movie has joined the elite ‘100 crore club’. However, it is not so easy for Tamil movies to collect more than Rs 100 crore. So far, ten Tamil movies have managed to collect more than Rs 100 crore worldwide at the box-office.
by Mani Prabhu
Baahubali: The beginning (500 + crores)
SS. Rajamouli’s historic magnus opus Baahubali smashed all records by becoming the first South Indian film to gross 500 crores worldwide in just 24 days. Produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, it is the first of two cinematic parts. The film was simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil and dubbed into Hindi and Malayalam. The blockbuster features an ensemble cast of Prabhas, Rana, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty in lead roles.
Enthiran (283 crores)
Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Enthiran’ was next only to ‘Dasavatharam’ to get into this prestigious club. The movie was directed by Shankar and funded by Sun Pictures. The movie was a runaway hit and made profitable business across all the territories. Aishwarya Rai played the leading lady in the film. The fans truly loved the ‘Chitti’ act by Superstar.
I (239 crores)
Shankar’s grand romantic thriller film ‘I’ saw Vikram don multiple avatars for portraying a body builder turned super model, who exacts revenge upon his betrayers. By the end of its run, the the film had collected more than 200 crores worldwide and eventually became a commercial success. Produced by Aascar Ravichandran, the film had Amy Jackson playing the female lead.
Vishwaroopam (220 crores)
Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’ , a spy thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Kamal Haasan who also enacts the lead role was produced simultaneously as a bilingual in Tamil and Hindi and dubbed into Telugu. The movie faced a lot of controversy before it released in Tamil Nadu. But, when it released, it took the boxoffice by storm. The sequel of the film, ‘Vishwaroopam 2′, has been announced.
Dasavatharam (200 crores)
The science-fiction thriller, featuring Kamal Hassan in ten avatars and directed by KS. Ravikumar, was the second Tamil film after Sivaji to join the Kollywood 100 crore club. The film produced again by Aascar Ravichandran went on to gross 200 crores worldwide. Asin and Mallika Sherawat play the female leads in this film, written by Kamalhaasan himself.
Lingaa (154 crores)
KS. Ravikumar’s Lingaa, Rajini’s reentry film after a brief period of ill health, had the largest opening day for a South Indian film as it earned ₹22 crores in India. Although the film went on to gross more than 150 crores worldwide, many distributers in TN claimed huge losses, demanding for compensation, as the film’s worldwide distribution rights were reportedly sold in excess of 140 crores.
Sivaji- The boss (148 crores)
Superstar’s SIvaji directed by Shankar holds the record for the first South Indian film to reach the prestigious 100 crore mark. The action entertainer revolving round the life of a software system architect was produced by AVM studios. The film that was also dubbed into Telugu and Hindi, became a huge commercial hit worldwide. Shriya Saran plays the female lead.
Kaththi (128 crores)
Vijay’s action thriller Kaththi, written and directed by AR. Murugadoss, revolves around the tale of Kathiresan and Jeevanantham who are lookalikes and focuses on the burning issues of farmers committing suicide due to corporate encroachment. Samantha plays Vijay’s on-screen pair. Upon release, the film, funded by Lyca productions, did very well in the box office, grossing more than 125 crores worldwide.
Aarambam (124 crores)
Ajith Kumar’s Aarambham, written by Subha and directed by Vishnuvardhan, tells the story of a former member of an Anti-Terrorist Squad, who is on a mission to expose a scam regarding faulty bullet proof jackets. The action thriller featuring an ensemble cast of Nayanthara, Arya and Tapsee Pannu turned out to be a huge hit commercially, grossing in excess of 120 crores worldwide.
Thuppaki (121 crores)
Vijay’s ‘Thuppakki’ was among the early films to get into this league. Directed by AR Murugadoss, the movie was a taut thriller about a under-cover army man. Vijay was at his best in the film and the movie was a perfect Diwali treat for the fans. The movie, produced by Kalaipuli S. Dhanu and distributed by Gemini Film Circuit, had Kajal Agarwal playing the female lead.