TAMIL CINEMA 2001 - STATISTICS

Trends

The year had a few hits and a lot of misses. Contrary to last year, the movies with the big heros were hits. This excludes Kamal's ALAVANDHAN (Please note that Prashanth is not considered amongst the big ones). Vijayakanth, Vijay and Ajeeth gave 3 hits each. However in 2000, they gave one flop each (SIMMASANAM, KANNUKKUL NILAVU and UNNAI KODU ENNAI THARUVEN). In 2000, it appeared that the star craze was fading away but 2001 proves it wrong.

The no of tamil movies which was decreasing in the last few years, has increased in 2001 !!

Year
Direct Tamil Films
Films Dubbed to Tamil
Total (Direct + Dubbing)
1999
85
64
149
2000
68
72
140
2001
75
80
155

Trends since last 5 years showed that the number of movies dubbed to Tamil has been increasing.

Hits of 2001

Out of 75 direct Tamil films released in 2001, there was only one Silver Jubilee Film (175 Days). Two films touched 125 days and Ten movies reached the 100 Day mark.

FRIENDS
175 Days
DHEENA and VAANJINATHAN
150 Days
MINNALEY, ULLAM KOLLAI POGUTHEY, BADRI, DUM DUM DUM, CITIZEN, SONNALTHAN KADHALA, ANANDHAM, DHIL, NARASIMHA and POOVELLAM UN VAASAM
100 Days
Apart from the above mentioned movies,VAANAVIL, SNEGITHIYEY and PIRIYAMANAVALEY released during the end of 2000 completed their 100 day run in 2001. TENALI, which was also released in 2000 completed 175 days

 

Most no. of Movies

Category
"And The Winner is..."
Films
Actor

Murali

(6 Films)

KANNUKKU KANNAGA, ANANDHAM, SONNALTHAN KADHALA, SAMUTHIRAM, ALLITHANTHA VANAM and KADAL POOKAL
Actress

Roja

(9 Films)

MITTA MIRASU, SONNALTHAN KADHALA, LHOOTIE, VISWANATHAN RAMAMOORTHY, VEETODA MAPILLAI, SUPER KUDUMBAM, NILAKAALAM, KOTTAI MARIYAMMAN and MAYAN
Music Director

Deva

(20 Films)

Not worth mentioning - but this is the 6th year in a row that he figures in this list

Vivek has performed comedy roles in 21 Films and Vadivelu in 19 films. Goundamani and Senthil have acted in 4 films each. This would clearly show the increasing demand and changing trend.

Year 2001 was also another Graphic Godesses Year, where Ramanarayanan again directed the most number of films (3). Director, Sunder C also directed 3 films.

Sex Bomb(?!), Mumtaj continued her dancing dominance with 6 films. Producers have decided not to release any film without Mumtaj's dance. However, towards the end of 2001, Mumtaj has decided to accept films only if she has a few scenes to exhibit her acing talents (he heee).

New Faces

Actor (5)
Actress (16)
Eashwar (Love Channel), Shyam (12B), Krishna (Piriyatha Varam Vendum), Bentley (Little John) and Balaji (Kadhalukku Kannikkai)

Reema Sen (Minnaley), Neha (Alli Thantha Vaanam), Jeya Rey (Chocholate), Boby (Sonnalthan Kadhala), Vijayalakshmi (Friends), Bhoomika (Badri), Monal (Parvai Ondery Pothumey), Shameetha (Pandavar Bhoomi), Divyashree (Pengal), Gayathri Jeyaram (Manathai Thirudi Vittai), Monisha (Love Channel), Rinki Khanna (Majnu), Richa (Shahjahan), Kavya Madhavan (Kasi), Ranjana (Love Marriage), Cindu (Samuthiram)

 

Tit Bits

There was a rumour that Sakshi used her look alike sister to act for her whenever she had given call sheets for more than two films on the same day.

Mansoor Ali Khan acted as villain outside the silver screen. He was charged with rape and was sentenced for 7 years.

Kamal's wife, Sarika fell from her terrace and was badly hurt. Fortunately she recovered soon.

People stopped going for night shows. Thanx to SUN TV's tele-serial, CHITTI. The serial had everyone glued to the TV sets between 9:30pm to 10:00pm for almost one whole year.

Leading Actress, Devayani eloped and got married to director, Rajakumaran. Other actresses, like Meera, Alphonsa and Visithra got married in a similar way.

Another marriage which shocked everyone was the marriage of Sarath Kumar and Radhika.

Director, Balachander claimed to have directed his 100th film, PARTHALEY PARAVASAM. This was not true since he had included his television serials as well as movies like THAMARAI NENJAM for which he had just scripted the dialogues. However, PARTHALEY PARAVASAM bombed at the box office.

Ramarajan and his wife Nalini got themselves legally separated.

Sivaji Ganesan's death shocked millions of tamil across the world.

Jaiganesh (Actor), K V Mahadevan (Music Director), Thirupathiswamy (Director) and Manivasagam (Director) are others who would be missed by tamil cinema.

Inorder to prevent television's dominance, the tamil cinema associations banned interviews to televisions. Action was taken against those film stars who had acted against the ban.

 

 

1996-2002 Gokul Santhanam (THE COOLJILAX WORLD).

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