A peek into 2018's first-half box office hits

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Jul 03, 2018 02:53 PM IST

In 2017, Tamil cinema had at least 20 massive box-office and critical success movies including Maanagaram, 8 Thottakkal, Kutram 23, Rangoon and Lens, this year, it has taken a backseat in the first-half. The industry was dormant for almost two months due to the TFPC strike. Movie buffs are expecting a better second-half. Here is News Today's list of movies that were successful both critically and commercially till June.

Savarakaththi

For the first-time, Mysskin has written and starred in a movie that is in a light vein. Acting alongside filmmaker Ram and directed by Mysskin's associate Aaditya, this one was a comical surprise from the writer. Savarakaththi was a full-length comedy layered with a subtext conveying the message of non-violence. With seasoned performances by Mysskin, Ram and actress Poorna, this movie, released on the second weekend of February, was the first convincing flick of the year.

Naachiyar

This was also a surprise by filmmaker Bala. Unlike his previous works, Naachiyar had a subtle and feel good narration. Dealing with a one-line of sexual violence against women, the movie sent a strong message to rapists. The movie was critically acclaimed as Bala underplayed his usual narration style and came up with a new format.

Irumbuthurai

This movie, indeed, was the first blockbuster of the year. Vishal, who had been seen rarely in an off-commercial plot, became successful with this flick after a couple of failures. Throwing light on how one's privacy is influenced and personal data is easily stolen in this digital era, this film was both critically acclaimed and a massive box office opener.

Nadigaiyar Thilagam

This bio-pic of legendary actress Savithri, played by Keerthi Suresh, was not just a critical success but a box office hit. It was the talk of the town for over two weeks. With high production value and a brilliant technical work, this bio-pic originally made in Telugu as Mahanati, was dubbed in Tamil.

Tik Tik Tik

With great anticipation and expectation came this first space film of south Indian cinema. It was one of the biggest box office openers this year. Though the movie did not meet expectations, the technical work, visual elegance and sound design made Tik Tik Tik a benchmark for space movies in Tamil. Actor Jayam Ravi, known for experimenting with different genres, has added Tik Tik Tik to the list.

Asuravadham

Asuravadaham was also one of the technically brilliant flicks of this year. With a simple plot, the movie showed director-turned-actor Sasikumar in a different colour. Sasikumar, always portrayed in preachy roles, has played a silent thug who wants revenge. The movie had neat and simple narration.