There were plenty of good movies that Kollywood came out with over the last year. Superstar Rajinikanth didn’t feature but Thala Ajith had two films — both of them commercially successful ventures while Vijay only had a single release. Kamal Hassan meanwhile, had three releases. Commercial success was necessarily not a criterion for making this list, which was tough given the fabulous second half of the year. Baahubali makes the cut despite being a Telugu movie first and foremost. The order does not measure the movie’s standards. Also Read - Will KGF 2 Starring Yash, Sanjay Dutt Will Break Prabhas Starrer Baahubali's Record At Box Office?

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This tale about two childhood friends who go to great lengths to get a slice of Pizza is certainly a landmark for the industry. Kakka Muttai was screened in several film festivals even before the movie’s release. Contemporaries and rivals, Simbu and Dhanush joined hands for this project. The former made a guest appearance and Dhanush assumed the role of a producer. Shedding light on poverty, debutant director M. Manikandan steered clear of making a Soap Opera out of it and instead focused on the innocence of two street urchins and their journeys.

Yennai Arindhaal

Ajith Kumar never looked better as he teamed with ace director Gautam Vasudev Menon, who completed his cop trilogy after the immensely popular Kaaka Kaaka and Vetaiyaadu Vilayaadu. Thala Ajith appeared in three different looks, and the movie was lapped up by his fans despite the storyline and the treatment came under criticism for being a rehash of the director’s previous outings. The soundtrack was one of the best that came out this year.

Baahubali

Despite the SS Rajamouli Magnum Opus not being a straight Tamil film, Baahubali’s popularity matched up to the waves that it created in the other parts of the country. Prabhas got a new lease of life and in fact, catapulted him to stratospheric levels. Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and the rest of the cast also got widespread praise. The real here of the film were the special effects and Rajamouli, who set a benchmark for big budget films in the country, where, most often than not, content ends up drowning in the grandeur. (Also Read- Baahubali success an achievement in Indian cinema: K V Vijayendra Prasad)

O Kadhal Kanmani

Mani Ratnam bounced back and how. The crafty old master, just like Gautam Menon went back to his tried and trusted formula and results were spectacular. The movie was a little outside Ratnam’s comfort zone, where he touched upon live-in relationships and the way modern day youngsters look at marriage and the role careers play in making make or break life choices. Dulquer Salmaan and Nitya Menen looked ravishing, despite the film being their third as a lead pair. O Kadhal Kanmani was a rage among youth and AR Rahman’s music was another high point, adding yet another masterpiece to the Ratnam-ARR legendary combination. (Also Read- OK Kanmani: Top 5 reasons to watch this Nithya Menen, Dulquer Salman starrer)

 Thani Oruvan

This was director Mohan Raja’s first film where he penned down his original script and boy, he shocked tinsel town with Thani Oruvan. A screenplay-based, pulpy, cat and mouse thriller, the film was a blockbuster, critically and commercially. Arvindswamy played a character who is grey through every pore while Jayam Ravi was an earnest, intelligent cop, out on a warpath mission to nail down and outwit his nemesis. The protagonist and the antagonist take to outwitting each other like a game of chess than flexing their muscles. Arvinswamy walked away with the plaudits for his subdued portrayal of the cold blooded Siddharth Abhimanyu.

Papanasam

Kamal Hassan played the role Mohanlal did in the Malayalam original, Dhrishyam. This film saw Kamal as a rustic villager with little education but is sincere, honest and works hard for his buck. Ulaganayagan’s real life partner, Gautami made a comeback and slipped into her role of a mother with ease. Asha Sharath reprised the role of a cop who is torn between being a mom concerned about her missing child and presiding over a mysterious case. The film stuck true to its roots and received plenty of critical acclaim. There were critics who renamed the film ‘The king of remakes’. (Also Read- Papanasam Trailer: Kamal Haasan and Gautami starrer Tamil drama thriller does justice to Mohanlal’s Drishyam)

Anegan

This was when Dhanush was on a roll and everything that the actor touched was turning into gold. KV Anand’s futuristic thriller had brilliant cinematography. Newcomer Amrya was impressive too. Anegan was surely aided with the popularity of the chartbuster, Danga Maari Oodhari, which was rage. Though the film was riddled with clichés at certain points, it sure was a good attempt by KV Anand on a commercial platform.

Maya

Horror flicks have generally been disappointments in recent years. Debutant director Ashwin Saravanan kept the audiences guessing right till the end and he did leave a tingle down people a spine with the narrative. Nayantara, who played the titular role, was par excellence and it paved the way for the way the much maligned genre should be handled. Commercially, Maya was a slow starter but gathered pace with word of mouth publicity and eventually set the cash registers ringing.