Tamil films in India best known as Kollywood industry. Kollywood is one of the major film industries in India, producing a large number of Tamil-language films each year. Kollywood is known for its unique storytelling, vibrant music, and talented actors, and it has a huge fan following not only in Tamil Nadu but also among Tamil-speaking audiences around the world.
The history of Tamil cinema dates back to 1918 when the first silent Tamil film, “Keechaka Vadham,” directed by R. Nataraja Mudaliar was released. Over the years, the industry has evolved and seen significant growth, producing films in various genres, including drama, romance, action, comedy, and more. The first Tamil talking feature film, Kalidas, a multilingual directed by H. M. Reddy, was released on October 31, 1931.
Kollywood movies have a significant global audience, especially in countries with a sizable Tamil-speaking diaspora, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and certain parts of the Middle East. Some films have also gained popularity internationally and among non-Tamil-speaking audiences.
Re-releasing movies that had released earlier has become recent trend in Kollywood industry. But, not all the films which had re-released, were well received among audience. The movies which were re-released during recent times has proven that, not all the movies will gain success from re-releases. Here are few movies which gain massive hit through re-release.
1. Ponniyin Selvan 1
Ponniyin Selvan is Tamil Historic fiction novel written by Kalki Krishnamurthy. The novel which includes a total of 2, 210 pages, narrates the history of Chola prince Arunmozhivarman. The well known director Maniratnam took the initiative to direct the epic “Ponniyin Selvan” as a film. The cast of the movie includes Prakash Raj, Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Karthi, Prabhu, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Jayaram and many others. Part 1 of the movie was released on 30th September 2022 and indeed it was a blockbuster hit.
Followed by that, Ponniyin Selvan part 2 was released on 28th April 2023. In order to gear up the audience for Ponniyin Selvan 2, the movie team re-released Ponniyin Selvan 1 in all the cinemas in Tamil Nadu and enjoyed by the audience as well.
“Baba” is a Tamil language movie that was released in 2002. It was directed by Suresh Krissna. The film features Rajinikanth, Manisha Koirala, Goundamani, and Sujatha in prominent roles. The plot revolves around Baba, a carefree youthful atheist who is the reincarnation of a renowned saint from the Himalayas. Baba is taken to Mahavatar Babaji, whom Baba was a follower of in his previous incarnation, after various twists and issues caused by corrupt local politicians. The divinity challenges Baba to conquer numerous materialistic world illusions and grants him seven wishes. The rest of the story revolves around how he uses the wishes while acquiring spirituality and clashing with the enemies.
Rajinikanth’s performance, as always, was praised by his fans. However, the movie’s lengthy runtime and its unconventional approach to spirituality were among the factors that contributed to its underwhelming performance. Overall, “Baba” remains an important film in Rajinikanth’s filmography, as it reflects his interest in exploring spiritual and philosophical themes through the medium of cinema.
Due to that, Super Star thought of re-releasing Baba. The movie was re-released on 12 December 2022 which was on the birthday of the King of Style, Superstar himself. Notably, the movie was also released in few theaters in Malaysia as well. The movie received a massive celebration.
3. Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu
“Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu” is a popular Tamil-language crime thriller film released in 2006. It was directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon and starred Kamal Haasan and Jyothika in lead roles. The film’s music, composed by Harris Jayaraj, was a massive hit, with songs like “Manjal Veyyil” and “Uyirile” becoming chartbusters. The soundtrack added to the film’s popularity.
“Manjal Veyyil” and its lyrics perfectly suited as the final note to wrap up Harris’s well-known “Hearts Of Harris” concert in Malaysia.
The film received critical acclaim for its gripping storyline, strong performances, and skillful direction by Gautham Vasudev Menon. Kamal Haasan’s portrayal of the committed police officer earned him accolades and praise from both critics and audiences. Jyothika’s performance as Aradhana was also well-received.
The movie was re-released on 23rd June 2023 in Tamil Naadu. Notably, the sound track of the movie gain popularity once again which took back us down to memory lane when the masterpiece was recreated during his live concert.
“Subramaniapuram” is a popular Tamil-language Indian film released in 2008. It is a crime drama written, directed, and produced by M. Sasikumar, who also played one of the lead roles in the movie. The film gained critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of life in the 1980s and its raw and gritty narrative.
“Subramaniapuram” received widespread critical acclaim for its authenticity and realistic portrayal of life in rural Tamil Nadu during the 1980s. The film was praised for its well-crafted script, strong character development, and brilliant performances by the lead actors. The film explores themes of friendship, loyalty, love, and the impact of violence on individuals and the community. The engaging screenplay and powerful performances of the cast contributed significantly to the film’s success.
In conjunction with the celebration of marking 15 years of Subramaniapuram, the team has revealed that the movie will be re-released on 4th August 2023.
Source: Times Of India