Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth’s comeback after a gap of four years, actor Vijay’s problem-laced releases and the horror genre were the highlight of the Tamil film industry this year.
With a health scare in the previous years keeping Rajinikanth away from films, 2014 saw him return to the silver screen with two films — ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and ‘Lingaa’.
Much to the surprise of his fans, the star chose the platform of animation in the much-hyped ‘Kochadaiyaan’ to return to the big screen. The film was directed by his daughter Soundarya.
‘Kochadiayaan’ may not have satiated his fans’ craving of seeing their superstar’s inimitable mannerisms on-screen but it catapulted Rajinikanth to a unique club, making him probably the only Indian actor to star in all formats of movie-making – black and white, colour and motion capture.
‘Lingaa’, in which he starred alongside Sonakshi Sinha, had its share of controversies with a Madurai-based writer claiming ownership for the story but the movie did not miss its date in cinemas with court green-flagging its release.
Another top star Vijay’s release-time problems with his movies continued as Tamil outfits went up in arms against his ‘Kaththi’ (Knife) directed by AR Murugadoss, alleging the producer had links with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The film also faced legal wrangles over copyrights issue.
Vijay and Murugadoss had to weather a severe storm before their multi-million venture hit the silver screens with a compromise formula being worked out to blackout Lyca Productions’ brand from all promotional material.
His ‘Thuppakki’ and ‘Thalaiva’ had faced similar pre-release problems from some groups.
Vijay also became the target of an online debate, with his detractors questioning his criticism of foreign cola companies in ‘Kaththi’ while he himself had endorsed one of them a few years back.
Another veteran Kamal Haasan had no releases this year but was was busy filming –‘Papanasam’, ‘Uthamavillain’ and ‘Vishwaroopam Part II’, all lined up to hit theatres next year.
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