Tamil film

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Tamil film productions
year number
1931-1935 64
1936-1940 185
1941-1945 93
1946-1950 117
1951-1955 184
1956-1960 299
1961-1965 264
1966-1970 339
1971-1975 366
1976-1980 535
1981-1985 743
1986-1990 815
1991-1995 852

The Tamil film is mainly made in Chennai , Tamil Nadu . The Tamil film industry is also known as “Kollywood” because of its place of origin Kodambakkam in Chennai and the Hindi film industry “Bollywood”. The structure of the films is similar to that of Hindi films, but Kollywood films are characterized by the Tamil language and more innovative spirit. Martial arts elements also play a greater role than in Bollywood films, which in recent years has even offered the Tamil film industry certain export opportunities in the East Asian region (including Japan ). Successful Tamil films are often adapted in the Mumbai film industry and re-shot with other stars. Many directors and actors in Tamil film have also made successful Hindi films, such as Mani Ratnam , Rajinikanth , Kamal Haasan and, most recently, Madhavan . Sivaji Ganesan and the later Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu's MG Ramachandran are among the most successful actors in Tamil film .


  • Theodore Baskaran: The Eye of the Serpent: An Introduction to Tamil Cinema. Madras: East West Books, 1996.
  • Selvaraj Velayutham (Ed.): Tamil Cinema. The cultural politics of India's other film industry. London / New York: Routledge, 2008.

Web links

Commons : Tamil cinema  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Paul Willemen: Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema , Oxford University Press, New Delhi, revised edition 1999, pp. 30–32