What Makes The Tamil Film Industry So Specific?

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Everyone around the world loves watching movies. They are the best way to relax and just spend some time at home without doing anything else. No matter if you like musicals, horrors or action movies, nowadays there are so many ways to get the movie you like to see right away. Luckily for people who like diversity, there are so many different productions and countries that make great movies. So, if you don’t want to just stick to Hollywood movies, you can check Bollywood films out and find a new film to enjoy. However, did you know that there is a different type of Indian film industry that is not Bollywood? Yes, it is called the Tamil film industry!

This is not something that is (in theory) known all over the world and it is not a type of industry that everyone knows about. However, there are a lot of amazing actors that starred in these movies and some of the movies have been recognized all over the world. Here we are going to talk about the Tamil film industry and you are going to learn why is it so specific and what makes it special. Who knows, maybe you will find your new favorite actor or movie here?


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Also known as Kollywood, this industry is based in Tamil Nadu in the Kodambakkam neighborhood. Compared to Bollywood, this is not an industry that has a lot of international fame. However, there are many songs and movies that became recognized all over the world and gained international fame.

One example is the Why This Kolaveri Di – song. It was first featured in the movie, simply called 3 and the lead role and singer Dhanush. This song was soon uploaded on YouTube and people from all over the world liked it. The Why this killing rage, girl? – the song was viewed more than 130 million times and it seemed like people could not get enough of it. This is actually a really interesting song and if you have the time you really have to check it out and expand your views when it comes to the Tamil industry.

What makes it different?

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This is a question that everyone asks when they learn that both Bollywood and Kollywood come from India. We’ve all heard about Bollywood and when we watch and Indian movie, we think that it originates from this industry. We could not be more wrong.

The difference between these two industries is that Bollywood focuses more on the elites and the upper class. When you watch these movies, you can learn about the wealthy parts of India and how people live there. The “common folks” are something that is a bit disregarded and something that is put in the second place.

On the other hand, Kollywood tries to show the real people and they cover even the lower class. They show the life in the streets and in their musicals, you can see the lead role singing and dancing on the street or somewhere out in the open. These movies are a really interesting thing to watch and with this film production, you can learn more things about every class and every family.

And when it comes to the songs, in every film, there is at least one song that becomes recognizable and something that people love listening to. The lead actors usually have really great voices and they manage to capture the story of the whole movie with just one song. If you are interested in this film industry and if you want to know more about the movies and the songs that are famous because of the great actors, you can visit websites like Masstamilan.

Tamil and Politics

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When it comes to politics and the film industry, many people have noticed the influence one has on the other. As we all already know, the lead roles in Indian movies are trying to portray the character as something that is better than regular humans.

Even though the character does not have any superpowers, they are seen as someone who is stronger, smarter and even faster than their peers. One thing that is really interesting is the public reaction of these characters.

It is said that many people don’t make the difference between the actor and the character and the public perceives the actor as someone with superpowers. Many people worship these characters and/or actors and they show their devotion through religious practices.

Top Tamil

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As we mentioned before, this industry is recognized all over the world, even though it is not as famous as Bollywood. The actor Mani Ratnam was rewarded many different awards and some of them include 12 international film awards, 6 national awards as well as 9 film fare awards. It is said that this person alone revolutionized Indian cinema.

Now let’s look at the best form the best. Here are the top 5 actors who had their beginnings in the Kollywood industry.

  • Joseph Vijay – actor and playback singer
  • Ajith Kumar – probably one of the most successful actors in the Tamil film industry
  • Surya Sivakumar – it is said that this person is the hero of India because of his movies
  • Rajinikanth – the superstar of Kollywood and probably the best-paid actor in the industry
  • Kamal Haasan – not just an actor, but also a director, producer, choreographer, and a screenwriter

If you open IMDB to check out the list of the best Tamil movies you will realize that there are so many of them. Most of the movies have great scores and they are loved by many. Here are the top 5 Tamil movies of all time.

  • Paradesi (2013)
  • Vasantha Maligai (2013)
  • Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (2012)
  • Nandhalala (2010)
  • Super Deluxe (2019)

There are so many great songs, movies and actors that come out of Kollywood and some of them even move to Bollywood or Hollywood. These movies are something that people really need to check out and they will see the world with a new set of eyes. In every film, you will find something you can relate to and you will learn more about life and about love. Enjoy the musicals and try not to break into dance when watching your new favorite movie.