Novel subjects are always experimented in Kollywood. The audience is tired of watching the usual masala films and wants more. Being such the situation, of late, movies revolving ghosts has garnered the attention of the audience in Tamil movie industry, but comedy is such an inevitable part of Tamil film industry, that it is interwined with horror. In fact, romantic film, action or family-oriented films have more or less taken the back seat. Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 2 has been the greatest blockbuster this year, making over Rs. 100 crore globally. Aranmanai, Pizza,
Yaamirukka Bayamey, Darling, Pisasu and
Demonte Colony have all spelt magic. Now the recently released Strawberry is also a horror film with a strong social message.
It will come as a surprise to many that this is not, in fact, a new trend. Horror flick has always pulled Tamil audiences to the theatre. The 70s and 80s also dealt with films that brought you to the edge of the seat (Nooravathu Naal,
Pathimoonam Number Veedu, Athey Kangal to name a few). A decade has passed since Rajinikanth’s Chandramukhi was released, but it is still fresh in the minds of the audience. Now this trend is still sustaining with Maaya, Aranmanai 2 and Unakkenna Venam Sollu in the offing. Also, there are more than two dozen horror films in their different stages.
Nowadays the producers are keen on bringing foreign horror flicks to suit the taste of Tamil audience. Also, Tamil TV channels are at race to buy horror-comedies as they elevate the TRPs. Horror films are liked by the audience irrespective of the star cast. In fact, the audiences only wants to see such films with a tinge of comedy in it. Well, needless to say, it seems that horror-comedy films are the safe bet in Kollywood nowadays.