The south Indian Tamil Cinema is commonly known as “Kollywood”. Tamil Cinema industry is mainly based in Chennai, capital of Tamil. One can observe several film studios and technicians in Kodambakkam a place situated in Chennai. The word Kodambakkam as well as Hollywood were put together to form the name “Kollywood”.
There are three reputed film industries in India namely Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood. Even though, the budget of Tamil movies seems to be less when compared to Hindi movies, it is very famous and well experienced among Tamil speakers in our nation as well as other Asian countries. In recent times, Tamil is becoming famous in Japan and Tamil films are being liked by those citizens. Since, other parts of India can’t understand Tamil, some movies are dubbed into Hindi and few of them have reached many were enjoyed by more audiences. One such movie is Bombay, directed by Maniratnam.
Tamil movies were only silent movies in the beginning, that is, in 1916. After some time, may be around 1931, movies including dialogues and other sound effects were produced. Kalidas was the first movie in the period of talkies. Chennai was the central part of different language movie industries including Kannada cinema, Telugu cinema, Hindi cinema as well as Sri Lankan Tamil cinema.
Politics and Tamil cinema are closely associated since three decades. Reputable former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, C.N.Annadurai and the present chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.Karunanidhi were script writers and film directors before they entered politics. M.G. Ramachandran, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was a well experienced Tamil actor before he entered the politics.
In the present context, following are the prominent actors of Tamil industry – Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Surya, Vijay, Simbu, Vikram, Ajith, Vijayakanth, Sarathkumar and Vishal, While the renowned actresses are Nayanthara, Trisha, Tamannah, Shriya, Asin, Anushka, Priyamani, Sneha, Genelia and Sameera Reddy.