The hero is only as big as the villain and without a worthy opponent the protagonist can never shine. Here we give you the list of the best antagonist performances of 2015 which has been a year when more than a few evergreen Heroes turned villains and took the cake away from the heroes. Hail the villains!
Coming from the proven combo of Shankar and Vikram the film had humungous promotions and Vikram’s commitment to reduce and increase body weight for the three drastically different getups he sported in the film, became a talking point even before the release of the film. Post release the film drew mixed reviews. Critics felt that the script did not match the standards set by a maverick filmmaker Shankar. However Vikram’s extraordinary performance and technical brilliance made kept the audience hooked and the film become a blockbuster that collected Rs.225 crores against Rs.110 crore investment.
If the smallest of small can co-exist with the biggest of big in the real world why not in cinema. ‘Darling’ the Tamil remake of Telugu horror comedy ‘Prema Katha Chithram‘ starring GV Prakash Kumar, Nikki Galrani and Shrusthi Dange in lead roles. All the three are new faces appearing on the screen and the director Sam Anton was also debutante. But the film found its place in the heart of audience as it provided. The film made on a small budget Rs.10 crores has reportedly collected Rs.32 crores at the box office which makes it a blockbuster.
Raghava Lawrence‘s ‘Kanchana‘ is the film which can be considered as the first horror-comedy which is now a popular and preferred genre in Kollywood and the film was a surprise blockbuster of 2011. After four years gap the second part of the film was released. ‘Kanchana 2‘ just retained the rollicking comedy and horror element that make you scream as its predecessor and the results were even bigger. ‘Kanchana 2’ was the mass masala all class blockbuster of the year. The film had a long run in theatres across all localities. The film is a huge blockbuster in the sense that it was made with Rs.17 crores and collected Rs.100 crores.
‘O Kadhal Kanamani’
After back to back failures with complex subjects like ‘Ravanan’ and ‘Kadal’ a small doubt started creeping in that whether the director Mani Ratnam has slowly started loosing his magic like the other legendary filmmakers who emerged in the 1980s. However the master filmmaker cleared all these doubts with his ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’. Mani Ratnam was back with romance after his previous blockbuster ‘Alaipayuthey’ that released in the year 2000. OKK dealt with the concept of living togetyher relationships which has no precedent in Kollywood. But Mani avoided complexities and presented the film in a simple and relatable format. He himself wrote the dialogues after ‘Alaipayuthey’ and that stood as one of the huge plusses of the film. The film had a successful run in theatres and collected Rs.14 crores which was more than double of its investment.
The film broke the notion that award winning or art house films would not fetch commercial returns. The film had won the National Award for Best Children’s film and many awards in various International film festivals before its theatrical release. With a simple storyline of two slum children chasing their dream to afford a Pizza, debutante director Manikandan subtly and strongly conveyed the impact of globalization in developing countries like India. The film was completely devoid of preaches and hard hitting dialogues and emotional innuendos. The film proved that simple can be supremely beautiful. The two kids who played the lead roles. The two kids Vignesh and Ramesh who played the lead roles of Chinna Kaaka Muttai and Periya Kaaka Muttai were framed as the most beautiful sight in the hearts of everyone who watched the film.
Made on a shoestring budget of Rs.70 lakhs, ‘Kaaka Muttai’ which ran for just 109 minutes collected Rs.5 crores at the box office and this is really huge.
When it was announced that Kamal Haasan would be starring in the Tamil remake of ‘Malayalam blockbuster ‘Drishyam’ there were cynical voices which said that Kamal’s brilliance and creative interference will spoil the simplicity of George Kutti character played by Mohan Lal.
But the legend proved he is not someone who will fall into the guesses of naysayers. ‘Papanasam’ the Tamil version of ‘Drishyam’ was true to the original and there was minor changes made to the lead character to suit the local flavour. Suyambulingam (Kamal) was as relatable and brilliant as George Kutti an uneducated yet a clever middle class family head.
The film’s box office and critical results were also as pleasing. Apart from garnering phenomenal positive reviews ‘Papanasam’ joined the Rs.100 crore club.
With his second bilingual ‘Baahubali’, director S.S.Rajamouli proved to the Tamil audience that he is not a one film wonder. He was not new to Tamil audience as his first bilingual ‘Naan Ee’ was as much a hit in Tamil as it was in Telugu. ‘Baahubali’ the historical fantasy film made on a huge canvas is a huge blockbuster in Tamil Nadu also. The film was a bilingual in its real sense as most of the characters in the film dubbed on their own for Tamil and the nativity aspect was not compromised. The jaw dropping visual effects, the grand war sequence and the performances aided Rajamouli’s vision of creating a spellbound magic.
The film which did not have any star actor’s presence more than Rs.75 crores at the Tamil Nadu Box office alone. The Tamil version also made huge collections in overseas box office breaking the records set by ‘Kaththi’ and ‘Yennai Arindhaal’. The Tamil version of the film completed 100 day run in a Tamil Nadu theatres.
Mohan Raja came up with his first non-remake film. The film was not on the most expected list until the first trailer released. But after a neatly cut promising trailer created a positive buzz towards the film. When it was released this was a stupendous surprise for everyone. The film made with the first original script of Raja ably supporter by writer duo Suba’s dialogues is easily one of the top ten brilliant commercial thriller ever made in Tamil cinema. The effect of the film was such that within two days of its release social media users created memes stating that Jayam Ravi the lead hero of the film should henceforth be called as ‘Thani Oruvan’ Ravi. Arvind Swamy played the most suave and clever villain that was equally loved as the hero. Reviewers unanimously hailed the film and that reflected in the box office result.
The film made on Rs.20 crores budget grossed Rs.105 crores and this is the biggest hit of Jayam Ravi.
This is the film that broke the myth that heroine centric film would not find its takers among all section of audiences. This genuine horror flick directed by Ashwin Srikanth with Nayanthara being the only star performer achieved a miraculous 50 day run at the box office at the time when films with glittery of stars were running out of the theatres in a week or two. The film was made at a budget of Rs.10 crores and collected Rs.50 crores at the box office.
Thala Ajith‘s star power was proved yet again in the box office with ‘Vedalam‘. The film directed by Siva (who had earlier given a super hit for Ajith with ‘Veeram’) received mixed reviews on release. However Siva emerged as the winner in utilizing the mass image and Ajith’s performance abilities to the hilt which pleased the Ajith fans. The film was also liked by family audience especially the women, thanks to the portrayal of brother-sister sentiment between Ajith and Lakshmi Menon and also the stress on giving respect to women and allowing girl children to pursue their dreams. The film ended up as yet another blockbuster for Ajith and joined the Rs.100 crore club.
Other successful films
The films listed below are the other films that registered a success in box office. They would come under, super hit, hit, profitable and average grossers category. Most of these films were critically acclaimed too.
(*not in the order of collections made)
‘Isai‘, ‘Demonte Colony‘, ‘Komban‘, ‘Anegan‘, ‘Indru Netry Nalai‘, ‘Naanum Rowdy Dhaan‘, ‘36 Vayathinile‘ , ‘Trisha Illana Nayanthara‘, ‘Kaakki Sattai‘, ‘Romeo Juliet‘, ‘Tamizhukku En Ondrai Azhuthavum‘, ‘Rajathandhiram‘, ‘Uppu Karuvadu‘ and ‘Eetti‘.
Director Pandiraj‘s ‘Pasanga 2‘ and Jayam Ravi starrer ‘Bhooloham‘ have released on December 24 and they have opened to positive reviews. Both the films are expected to find a place in the hit films list of 2015 within a week or two.