The Tamil film industry, also called Kollywood, is one of the largest film industries in India. Tamil cinema has a rich tradition, especially in terms of dialects and music. Many great Tamil films have been made. And many wonderful actors have come to the cinema from various parts of Tamil Nadu, India. But which are the top 10 producers of Tamil Cinema?
1. Archana Kalpathi (AGS Entertainment)
AGS Entertainment is a major player in the Indian film industry, distributing and producing over 200 films to date. Founded by three brothers, AGS Entertainment has grown to be a household name in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Right now, Archana Kalpathi become CEO of AGS Entertainment. She also worked as a distributor for many films.
Best Movies They Produce: Santhosh Subramaniyam, Avan Ivan, Anegan, Maattrraan, Thani Oruvan & Bigil.
2. Kalanithi Maran (SUN Production)
Kalanithi Maran is a true media mogul who’s become one of the most powerful people in India! He owns TV channels, newspapers, weeklies, FM radio stations, DTH services, a cricket team, and a movie production house “SUN PICTURES”. And that’s not all! He also used to own part of a SpiceJet airline!
Sun Pictures is a film distribution and production studio based in Chennai, India. It’s a unit of the Sun Group, a part of the Sun TV Network which was founded in 2000. Siragugal was their first project and today they produce and distribute Indian films.
Best Movies They Produce: Singam, Aadukalam, Mankatha, Jigarthanda, Enthiran, Petta, Sarkar & Annaatthe.
3. Kalaipulli S Thanu
Kalaipuli S. Thanu is an Indian film producer and distributor who has been in the industry for over four decades. He has produced several Tamil films, which have been commercially successful
S. Thanu began his career as a film financier and distributor before becoming a prominent producer and partner at Kalaipuli Films. He has since started his own company, V. Creations and gone on to produce commercially successful films like Kaakha Kaakha, Thuppakki, Theri, Asuran and Karnan.
4. SS Vasan (Gemini Studio)
Subramaniam Srinivasan was a leading film producer in India. He founded both Ananda Vikatan, one of the most popular Tamil-language magazines, and Gemini Studios, which became one of the largest production companies in south India. In 1940, Vasan purchased the Motion Picture Producers Combine and renamed it Gemini Studios. Gemini Studios went on to produce a number of successful Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies.
5. V. Ravichandran (Aascar Production)
Ravichandran is an Indian film producer and distributor based in Chennai, India. He is the founder and owner of Aascar Films Pvt Ltd, a co-production venture that began in 1998 with the production of Kadhalukku Mariyadhai. Since then, Ravichandran has gone on to produce many large-scale Tamil language films as well as distribute other language films especially English films.
Best Movies They Produce: Anniyan, Leelai, Thirumanam Enum Nikkah, Bhooloham.
6. Potluri Vara Prasad (PVP Cinemas)
Potluri Vara Prasad, popularly known as “PVP,” is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and educationalist who owns the film production company PVP cinema. He is the owner of PVP cinema, one of the largest production houses in India.
Best Movies They Produce: Thozha, Eega, Maharshi, Bangalore Days, Irandam Ulagam.
7. Subaskaran Allirajah (Lyca Production)
Subaskaran Allirajah is the founder and C.E.O of Lyca Productions, a British-Sri Lankan Tamil film production company headquartered in Chennai, India that has produced such films as Kaththi and 2.0.
Lyca Productions is one of the leaders of the Indian film industry, with a history in production and distribution. It has had a hand in some of the highest-grossing Tamil films of all time, including 2.0 which holds the record for being India’s first 150-crore film.
Best Movies They Produce: Kaththi, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Kaappaan, Darbar, Don & Ponniyin Selvan.
8. Mr.Karunamoorthy (Ayangaran Production)
Ayngaran International is a film company that distributes Tamil cinema to the world. The chairman of this company, Karunamoorthy, is based in London and is one of the pioneer businessmen in this field. This company also operates a chain of video stores located worldwide.
Best Movies They Produce: Aegan, Villu, Sarvam, Angadi Theru & Jilla.
9. K. E. Gnanavel Raja (Studio Green)
K. E. Gnanavel Raja is an Indian film producer and entrepreneur who has accomplished many firsts in the Tamil production industry, owning two studios — Studio Green and Aadnah Arts. Raja has had a successful career producing and distributing films starring Suriya and Karthi.
Best Movies They Produce: Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, Siruthai, Madras, Iraivi, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, NOTA, Mehandi Circus, Magamuni & Teddy.
10. Dhanush (WunderBar Films)
Wunderbar Films is an Indian production company established by actors Dhanush and Aishwarya on 20 May 2010. Based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, it mainly produces and distributes Tamil films.
Best Movies They Produce: Ethir Neechal, Maari, Kaala, Vada Chennai, Velai Illa Pattathari, The Crow Eggs.
10 Actors Who Started Production Agencies in Tamil Cinema
|Kamal Haasan||RaajKamal Films|
|Vishal||Vishal Film Factory|
|Vijay Antony||Vijay Antony Film Corporation|
It’s not easy to produce a movie! In order to be successful, you need a great story, talented actors, the best cinematographers, good locations, and much more. Originally made for local audiences in Tamil Nadu, this list will show you ten of the top producers who have been able to develop their skills enough to expand their audience to include international cinema fans!