Biggest Flops of Kollywood in 2013 | Tamil Movies fails at Box Office in 2013 [Year End Special]
All these are signs of 12 months drawing to a close; that's 365 days of expectations, entertainment, bustle and hard work at the world of glam and glitz. From controversies to achievements, there are a lot of headlines on the pages of Kollywood. But there are also a few which did not make it that big, despite the peaking expectations vested on those movies, before release. There are the big hits on one hand, and the also-ran's on the other; this here, is an analysis of the latter.
Next in line is the much anticipated Tamil-Hindi bilingual, with fairly different stories bordering on a similar thread - 'David'. Set out to be a gangster comedy flick from the famed director Bejoy Nambiar of the silent short film 'Reflections', the bilingual brought to Tamil audience was about two Davids from different backgrounds, and in different sorts of troubles; in Hindi, it was three of them across individual time zones and different time periods. From bringing a Hindi director to Tamil, to taking Kolly composer Anirudh to Bolly, 'David' was a first of sorts, all miserably failing to appeal commercially. Although it enjoys a cool 6.1 on IMDB, this one here, was not well remembered off the cuff.
There is no dearth of creativity in our land; and when a concept is well appreciated, it will be imported for the local audience too. One such raging hit was 'Delhi Belly', which fell flat on its stomach and face, back here as 'Settai'. Three roommates, a gangster, a beautiful air-hostess, pressing confusion and a lots of laughter - that's all about 'Delhi Belly'. 'Settai' on the other hand was not received as well as it was aimed to be. Everyone in general rated 'Settai' to be a watered down version of 'Delhi Belly', while it was pointed out by critics that its screenplay lacked the racy feel it carried back in B-town. The film however managed to make 30+ crores at the box office; but the verdict remains unaltered - it might have tickled you, had you been careful not to catch up with the rush to watch 'Delhi Belly'.
It has to be given to Selvaraghavan to think out of the box. But like it has happened many-a-times, audience seem to prefer rigmarole over alien uniqueness. With a challenging new concept in mind and his trademark screenplay, Selva set out on the expedition of the faraway fantasy world. There were lauded pluses equally weighed down by the inconceivable minuses, by Tamil audience. 'Irandam Ulagam' received more pelting than pats, though it has managed to reach the difficult mark in world rating. After his hugely successful 'Raja Rani' and 'Arrambam', 'Irandam Ulagam' at about 35 crore rupee loss was an anticlimax to Arya's high trend.
With the legacy of decades into established entertainment, there is one virtue in common with everyone here in K-town - expectations. It can put a movie in the roost, or may even pull it down and bury it deep under the soil. Adding to the list of sad stories is director Bharathiraja's comeback 'Annakodi' (which again, will be remembered for its title which went for a hip cut), 'Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal', and second in a row for Karthi, 'All in All Azhaguraja' - a pleasant bouquet of disappointment for director Rajesh's fans. Sadly, 'Thalaivaa' also makes it to this list, owing primarily to its deferred release in Tamil Nadu, apart from the sheer length of the gangster movie. This year also saw Dhanush's flick fail miserably, with 'Naiyandi'. One of the most recent disappointments has come from the anticipated thriller sequel, which turned out to be a myriad of scientific interpretations at a posh physics classroom - 'Villa'.
Every movie comes out with a dream, but not all make it to reality. You never know when expectations can let you down. In an eventful year, this is a small list of movies we could pull up, which have upset the masses. But this is an opinion limited only to the Tamil audience at large. With this, we extend our sincere prayers to the almighty that the movies to come in the next few weeks, do not add up to this collection.