Tamil Cinema – Hits and Flops of 2012

As SouthDreamz.com reported viewers earlier, Kollywood has enjoyed the screening of 150+ Tamil films in 2012 and only 7 films has made their successful run of 100 days. Many big [A-stars and big budget] Tamil movies failed to mark their presence at the box-office in 2012, while debutants and small movies marked hits. Let us now discuss about the hits and flops of Tamil Films released in 2012.


[January- 7 releases]: 2012 has a good start with multi-starrers Nanban and Vettai for Pongal, which has recorded hit at the Chennai box-office with good run and collections. While Nanban has beaten Rajnikanth’s Enthiran: The Robot openings and collections, Shankar has once again proved he is undisputed king of South India box-office collections by grabbing Rs.50+cr in the first week.  Following this Lingusamy’s Vettai is also a box-office hit with Rs.15cr collections for first four days and Rs.56cr in its total run.


Interestingly both Vettai and Nanban got 30% entertainment tax exemption from the Tamil Nadu Government, for being perfect entertainers, while other films Kollaikaran, Medhai, Paari, Settaithanam, Theni Maavattam bombed.

[February- 14 releases]: After Nanban and Vettai are declared as moderate hits, small budgeting meaningful film Marina directed by Pandiraj stood as box office winner. Filmed on the people surviving on the banks of Marina beach in Chennai, Marina recorded a hit within no time of its release. Subsequently romantic entertainers KSY and MUKwith Amala Paul as female lead opened well for Valentines weekend and had a significant run. While Siddharth’s Kadhalil Sodhapuvadu Yeppadi [KSY] enjoyed good run in multiplexes, Adharvaa’s Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal [MUK] grossed small screen viewers.


Next comes Prakash Raj’s directorial and production debut Dhoni with the scores of Maestro Ilayaraja and Ambuli 3D, the first direct Tamil 3D film released with descent openings but didn’t go well with viewers and collapsed at Chennai BO along with Sengathu Bhoomiyile, Oru Mazhai Naangu Saaral, Oru Nadigaiyin Vaakkumoolam, Soozhnilai, Vachaathi, Vilayada Vaa, Udumban, Kathal Paathai and Virudhanagar Sandhippu.

[March- 20 releases]: Besides being the month of examinations, March has a rush of 20 back to back releases. But only digital release of Sivaji Ganesan’s epic film Karnan succeeded, as Vasanthabalan’s period flick Aravaan with Aadhi and Dhansika, Krishna and Bindhu Madhavi’s Kazhugu directed by Sathyasiva and last but not leastAishwarya R Dhanush’s directorial debut of Dhanush-Anirudh’s ‘Kolaveri di’ fame with Shruti Hassan have made their presence felt but failed to make it big at the box-office. Coming to 3, it has enjoyed 100 days run but didn’t go well with the audiences as director couldn’t perfectly deal with the bi-polar disease being a debutant.


Behind these Kondaan Koduthaan, Shankar Oor Rajapalayam, Naanga, Pathirama Pathukkunga, Sevarkodi, Maasi, Vinmeengal, Aayiram Muthangaludam Thenmozhi, Kadhal Pisase, Kandha, Nandha Nandhitha, Meeravudan Krishna, Mudhalvar Mahatma, Othakkuthirai, Otha Veedu and Suriya Nagaram are the other films released during March 2012 which could not collide with the concurrent releases and recorded.

[April – 12 releases]: 2012 seems to be lucky for producer turn hero Udhayanidhi Stalin, who has enjoyed good audiences and recorded super-hit with his debut Oru Kal Oru Kannadi and established himself as a best actor alongside best producer. Hansika starred OKOK was made with a budget of Rs.13cr and bagged Rs.32cr and also made successful run of 100 days in theaters marking a super-hit for the Red Giant Movies banner.


After OKOK, Andrew Louis’s Leelai was the second film that made its strong impact with Tamil audiences in April, which has received a positive mouth word and good run in Kollywood that can only be made by few small films with less publicity. While others namely Asthamanam, Mazhaikaalam, Nandu Bhaskar, Pachai Engira Kaathu, Aduthathu, Maattuthavani, Mye and Padam Parthu Kadhai Sol failed to collide with earlier releases.

[May – 9 releases]: May has enjoyed the screening of comedy entertainer Kalakalappu and social script Vazhakku Enn 18/9. Directed by Sundar C casting Vimal, Shiva, Anjali and Oviya, Kalakalappu has entertained audiences to extent, which made makers plan to film the sequel of the movie with no time lag. And Balaji Sakthivel has come up with the social evil script Vazhakku Enn 18/9 starring newcomers. Vazhakku Enn 18/9 deals with the MMS scandals peeping high among youngsters, which also won many awards for its impact on viewers. Even after starring recognized stars Raattinam and Ishtam bombed for being comparable love stories alongside Gaantham, Parama Guruµ, Kandathum Kanadhathum, Anbulla Manvizhiye and Konjum Mainakkale.


[June – 10 releases]: June is the largest month for Tamil releases with five Fridays, but has only 10 releases. Ezhil’s Manam Kothi Paravai is the one that gained good reviews and also opened doors for Siva Karthikeyan winning him the chances of ‘Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga’ and Dhanush’s ‘Ethir Neechal’.

And films namely Thadaiyara Thaakka, Murattu Kaalai, Saguni being the noted big films with established actors like Karthi, Arun Vijay, Sundar C, Sneha, Mamta Mohandas, Raadhika, Santhanam couldn’t make their impact recording below average and flops at the Chennai box-office besides Idhayam Thiraiarangam, Mayanginen Thayanginen, Krishnaveni Panjaalai, Porkodi 10am Vaguppu, Thoothuvan and Marupadiyum Oru Kadhal.

[July – 6 releases]: Out of the six movies released during July 2012 only Naan Ee and Ajith’s Billa 2 are the big films. While NaniSamanthaSudeep’s Naan Ee has recorded a hit with good audiences and collections, Chakri Toleti could not satisfy Thala Ajith fans with his action thriller script Billa 2, sequel of Billa that failed to grab the audiences even after Ajith doing dare-devil stunts and releasing the movie worldwide simultaneously in Telugu too. And Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey, Pechiyakka Marumagan, Pollangu and Suzhal are the films that collapsed.


[August – 22 releases]: After March with 20 films August was a big season for Tamil releases in 2012 with 22 movies hit the screens and only Attakathi was an average while Jeeva’s Superhero script Mugamoodi made with Rs.20cr and collected Rs.55cr couldn’t go well through viewers along with Madhubana Kadai, Vinay’s Mirattal, Ganesh Venkatraman’s Panithulli18 Vayasu and Vijay Antony’s Naan.

When we have superhit and good run of films we do have unnoticed movies too and Aasami, Yugam, Adhisaya Ulagam-3D, Eppadi Manasukkul Vanthai, Palayamkottai, Sri Ramakrishna Darsanam, conjoined twins story Iruvan, Etho Seithai Ennai, Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam, Poovampatty, Aachariyangal, Anil, Avan Appadithan, Perumaan and Valiban Suttrum Ulagam completes August releases.

[September – 9 releases]: 2012 September enjoyed good run of PaaganSundarapandianCharulatha, Saattai andThaandavam, which have chartbusters but couldn’t stick long in theaters other than Sundarapandian. UTV Motion Pictures produced Thaandavam with Rs.20cr and the AL Vijay’s directorial has grabbed Rs.62cr, but Vikram, Anushka, Amy Jackson, Lakshmi Rai and Santhanam didn’t succeeded in making it a hit at the Chennai box-office. And the films that failed to make their presence felt are Arakkonam, Kalla Parunthu, Mannaru, Nellai Sandhippu.


[October – 13 releases]: Following September, October also has the good run of Sridevi’s come back film ‘English Vinglish’, Surya’s conjoined twins script Maatran, Vijay Sethupathi’s Pizza, Bharath’s come back Thiruthani and supporting actress turn director Lakshmi Ramakrishnan’s Aarohanam.

Out of the 13 releases in Oct, Maatraan turned above average due to audiences high expectations, Aarohanam is as inspiring directorial debut by Lakshmi and Bharath’s Thiruthani, Pudhiya Kaaviyam, Sembattai, Soundarya, Amridha Yokam, Koyambedu Perundhu Nilayam, Chakravarthy Thirumagan, Mayilu and Vavval Pasanga are the remaining those stood unnoticed.

[November – 12 releases]: Only two are months left in 2012, which made November see a rush of 12 films. Vijay’s Thuppaki, Ammavin KaipesiNKPKNeerparavai and long waited STR’s Podaa Podi along with Ariyaan, Asaivam, Magan, Yaaruku Theriyum, Ajantha, Kasi Kuppam and Kai are the films released in November 2012.

Poda Podi being the movie with debutants Varalakshmi Sarathkumar and Vignesh Shivan, Simbu’ s Poda Podi has received mixed to best reviews from viewers. NKPK, Neerparavai and Ammavin kaipesi stood average to below average at the Chennai BO. VijayKajal Agarwal’s Thuppaki directed by AR Murugadoss is the highest grosser and still running while remaining are flops.


[December – 9 releases]: Finally December has arrived with 9 releases and many noted movies have postponed their releases due to unrevealed reasons. Small movies that are released on the last Friday [Dec 28] of 2012 and couldn’t stand best are Akilan, Paaraseega Mannan, Kandu Pudichitten, Puthumughangal Thevai and Kozhi Koovuthu. While earlier releases Vikram Prabhu’s debut Kumki is a super-hit, comparatively Jeeva-Samantha’s NEP is above average, Sattam oru Iruttarai opened to mixed reviews recording a below average film and not but not least Nasser’s directorial Sun Sun Thatha is opened only to multiplexes.

After discussing about the hit and flops of 2012 releases, some big films bombed at Chennai box-office similarly many debutants have proved their mettle. Here we go with quick hit/flop chart…

Title Director Actors Music Director Status
Nanban Shankar Vijay, Ileana, Jeeva, Srikanth Harris Jayaraj Above Average
Vettai N. Lingusamy Madhavan, Sameera Reddy, Arya, Amala Paul Yuvan Shankar Raja Above Average
Kollaikaran Tamil Selvan Vidharth, Sanchita Shetty AL. Johan Flop
Marina Pandiraj Siva Karthikeyan, Oviya Girishh G Hit
Sengathu Bhoomiyilae M. Rathnakumar Pavan, Mirchi Senthil, Priyanka Nair, Sunu Lakshmi Ilayaraja Flop
Dhoni Prakash Raj Prakash Raj, Akash Puri,Radhika Apte Ilayaraja Average
Ambuli Hari Shankar Hareesh Narayan R. Parthiban R. Ajai, P. S. Srijith Sanam Setty Below Average
Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi [KSY] Balaji Mohan Siddharth, Amala Paul Above Average
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal [MUK] Elred Kumar Atharvaa, Amala Paul Above Average
Udumban Ramji S. Balan Dileep Roger, Sana, Radhika Flop
Aravaan Vasanthabalan Aadhi, Pasupathy, Dhansika,Archana Kavi Kathik Below Average
Karnan B.R.Panthulu Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao, S. A. Ashokan, R. Muthuraman, Devika, Savitri M.S.Viswanathan, T.K.Ramamoorthy Super-hit
Kazhugu Sathyasiva Krishna, Bindu Madhavi,Thambi Ramaiah Yuvan Shankar Raja Average
3 Aishwarya R. Dhanush Dhanush, Shruti Haasan Anirudh Ravichander Above Average
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi [OKOK] M. Rajesh Udhayanidhi Stalin, Hansika Motwani, Santhanam Harris Jayaraj Super-hit
Ooh La La La Jyothi Krishna Jyothi Krishna, Divya Bhandari Sekar Chandra Flop
Leelai Andrew Louis Shiv Pandit, Manasi Parekh Gohil, Santhanam Satish Chakravarthy Hit
Vazhakku Enn 18/9 Balaji Sakthivel Sri, Mithun Murali, Urmila Mahanta, Manisha Yadav R. Prasanna Average
Kalakalappu Sundar C. Vimal, Shiva, Anjali, Oviya Vijay Ebenezer Super-hit
Raattinam Thangasamy Lagubaran, Swathi, Ajay Athith Manu Ramesan Flop
Ishtam Prem Nizar Vimal, Nisha Aggarwal Thaman Flop
Manam Kothi Paravai Ezhil Sivakarthikeyan, Aathmiya D. Imman Hit
Thadaiyara Thaakka Magizh Thirumeni Arun Vijay, Mamta Mohandas Thaman Below Average
Murattu Kaalai K. Selva Bharathy Sundar C, Sneha, Sindhu Tolani Srikanth Deva Flop
Saguni Shankar Dayal Karthi, Praneetha, Santhanam,Kota Srinivasa Rao, Raadhika G.V.Prakash Kumar Average
Naan Ee S.S.Rajamouli Nani, Samantha, Sudeep M.M.Keeravani Super-hit
Billa II Chakri Toleti Ajith Kumar, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Bruna Abdullah, Vidyut Jamwal, Sudhanshu Pandey Yuvan Shankar Raja Above Average
Madhubana Kadai Kamala Kannan Karthivel, Dhyana, Arvind Annamalai Ved Shankar Flop
Mirattal Madhesh Vinay Rai, Sharmila Mandre, Prabhu Pravin Mani Below Average
Panithuli Natty Kumar Ganesh Venkatraman, Shobhana Shankar, Kalpana Pandit Agnel Roman & Faizan Hussain Flop
Attakathi Pa. Ranjit Dinesh, Nandita, Aishwarya Santhosh Narayan Average
Naan Jeeva Shankar Vijay Antony, Siddharth Venugopal, Rupa Manjari,  Vibha Natarajan, Anuya Bhagvath Vijay Anthony Average
18 Vayasu R. Panneerselvam Johnny, Gayathri Charles Bosco, Dinesh Kanagaratnam Flop
Mugamoodi Mysskin Jeeva, Narain, Pooja Hegde, Nassar, Selvaah K Average
Paagan Aslam Srikanth, Janani Iyer, Kovai Sarala James Vasanthan Below Average
Sundarapandian Prabhakaran M. Sasikumar, Lakshmi Menon, Vijay Sethupathi, Soori N.R Raghunanthan Hit
Chaarulatha Pon Kumaran Priyamani, Skanda,  Saranya Ponvannan, Seetha Sundar C Babu Average
Saattai Anbazhagan Samuthirakani, Swasika, Magima, Ajmal Khan D. Imman Average
Thaandavam AL Vijay Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Amy Jackson, Lakshmi Rai GV Prakash Kumar Above Average
English Vinglish Gauri Shinde Sridevi, Priya Anand, Ajith Kumar Amit Trivedi Hit
Maattrraan KV Anand Suriya, Kajal Aggarwal, Tara,Sachin Khedekar Harris Jayraj Above Average
Pizza Karthik Subburaj Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan Super-hit
Thiruthani Perarasu Bharath, Sunaina, Rajkiran, Pandiarajan Perarasu Flop
Aarohanam Lakshmi Ramakrishnan Viji Chandrasekhar, Jayaprakash, Uma Padmanabhan K Average
Ammavin Kaipesi Thangar Bachan Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, Iniya Rohit Kulkarni Below Average
Podaa Podi Vignesh Shivaa Simbu, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shobana Dharan Kumar Above Average
Thuppaki AR Murugadoss Vijay, Kajal Aggarwal, Vidyut Jamwal, Jayaram Harris Jayaraj Super-hit
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom [NKPK] Balaji Tharaneetharan Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathri Ved Shankar, Siddarth Vippin Hit
Neerparavai Seenu Ramasamy Vishnu, Sunaina, Nandita Das,Saranya Ponvannan NR Raghunanthan Average
Kumki Prabhu Solomon Vikram Prabhu, Lakshmi Menon D.Imman Super-hit
Neethaane En Ponvasantham Gautham Menon Jeeva, Samantha, Santhanam Ilayaraja Above Average
Sattam Oru Iruttarai Sneha Britto Thaman Kumar, Piaa Bajpai, Bindu Madhavi, Reemma Sen Vijay Antony Below Average

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