Power list of Kollywood - Actors

It's time once again to conduct our yearly survey. The objective of this exercise is to list out the movers and shakers of Kollywood.

A star is a person who has the ability to draw the public to the cinema halls because of their charisma.

All heroes have king-size egos and making a power list of male stars means-it's suicidal!
So we are going by seniority list – Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vikram, Ajit, Vijay, Suriya, Karthi, Dhanush, Silambarasan are the top stars who command and get huge salaries and get an opening for their films.

Rajinikanth did not have a single release in 2011 but still continues to be the numero uno position in spite of his illness. He grabbed headlines when he fell sick, for Rana and towards the end of the year with Kochadiyaan, which has announced a 2012 release.

Kamal too did not have any release last year but was also in the news for announcing Viswaroopam with ace director Selvaraghavan and later falling out with him and decided to direct the film, touted to be a 120 Crore project, himself.

Vikram wowed the audience with Deivathirumagal a rehash of I'm Sam, with a class act but his next film Rajapattai fell like nine pins, without even taking an opening. We are sure he will bounce back with Karikalan and Thaandavam in 2012.

Ajit's brand value went a notch high with the opening of Mankatha this year. He held his position firmly proving that he is the king of opening at the turnstiles. The actor will have Billa-2 in 2012.

Vijay continued his rock steady position on top in our power list and his two releases Kaavalan and Velayudham made money for its producers and the audiences and his fans were happy. Nanban, Thuppakki and Yohan – the list looks shining for Vijay in 2012.

In 2011, it was the Sivakumar brothers who grabbed headlines and proved a theory wrong that siblings who are actors cannot be successful at the same time. Suriya with 7 aum Arivu and Karthi with Siruthai had a good run at the ticket windows.

Every director worth his salt is dying to work with Suriya, who has a keen script sense and is the most hardworking actor. His success story continued uninterrupted in 2011 and his fame is directly proportionate to his success.

He has risen and how. Karthi is the new toast of Kollywood showbiz. A super hit Siruthai has catapulted the 5-film old actor to the top slot among saleable stars. He is only expected to rise higher with Sakuni and an untitled film with Suraj in 2012.

Looks like Dhanush can do no wrong this season. 2011 was the most memorable year for Dhanush who grabbed headlines for many reasons. His knockout performance in Aadukalam followed by a National Award for Best Actor, his Kolaveri went viral and the actor went global, critical acclaim for another stellar performance in Mayakkam Enna, announcement of 3 to be directed by his wife Aishwarya- truly Dhanush was all over.

Jiiva was touted to be in the A-list of stars with Ko but his next releases Routhiram and Vandaan Vendran were damp squibs which affected his popularity and questions his star charisma and opening factor.

Actors who failed to impress in 2011 were Arya with just one release Avan Ivan in which he was overshadowed by Vishal and Jayam Ravi who didn't win any hearts with that romantic musical Engeyum Kadhal. Vishal created a buzz around himself for Avan Ivan act but the poor show of Vedi at the box-office puts his star power to question. Bharath was a part of Vaanam with Silambarasan but his solo release Yuvan Yuvathi was a dud.

Promising stars of 2011 who impressed with their acting were Prasanna with Muran, Vimal with Vaagai Sooda Vaa and Ethan, Jai with Engeyum Eppodhum and Arulnithi with Mounaguru.

Bharath,Vishnu,Aadhi, Karan, Shantanoo,Prashanth, Narain, Nanda and, Sasikumar find themselves left out of the power list this year as they failed to create any impact. Better luck in 2012.


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