Most Disappointing Movies Of Kollywood's Top 10 Directors

Most Disappointing Movies Of Kollywood's Top 10 Directors

2 Jul 19 @ 12:07 AM | By Sunderlal Raja

Who is the person at most risk when a movie disappoints audience? It's not the actor but the director. As being the person who helms the whole movie, the buck stops with him and he gets blamed for every fault. And if it's a top rated filmmaker, then the audience will have that much of hope and anticipation from the movie. And sometimes the hype and expectation levels are so high that movies of even the top Tamil directors end up as a disappointment for the audience, irrespective of its box office collection and overall commercial success. So, in this list, we are looking at the most disappointing films made by Kollywood's top 10 directors. To find out who they are and which movies we are talking about, scroll down! Don't forget to write your opinion in the comments section. 

[NB: The movies in this list necessarily need not be a flop. We have taken into account the overall response from the part of critics and audience after the film was released. Also, only the Tamil movies of these directors were considered.]

  • AR Murugadoss - 7aum Arivu [2011]

    AR Murugadoss always tries to bring a fresh concept on the screen and the audience cherishes it. The only time viewers hesitated to acknowledge his bold attempts was 7aum Arivu. The scope of the plot was really large, may be too large for a single director to handle. Suriya as Bodhidharma and Aravind was spot on but what really didn't gel with the audience was the way the story was executed. Overall 7aum Arivu felt less like a movie and more like a documentary in which elements of a mass masala entertainer was forcefully added. The film fared average at the box office though.

    AR Murugadoss - 7aum Arivu
    AR Murugadoss - 7aum Arivu
    AR Murugadoss
  • AL Vijay - Thalaivaa [2013]

    Thalaivaa had all the ingredients of a regular, typical Ilayathalapthi Vijay movie but it was nowhere near the standard AL Vijay had set for his movies. Though it had enough to satisfy the core fans, the movie wasn't something worth appreciation. Especially when it came from the director of Madraspattanam and Daiva Thirumagal, the disappointment level of the common audience was beyond words. In total Thalaivaa lacked AL Vijay touch at most parts.

    AL Vijay - Thalaivaa
    AL Vijay - Thalaivaa
    A. L. Vijay
  • Mani Ratnam - Kadal [2013]

    Mani Ratnam belongs to the school of filmmakers who gives more care to the aesthetic value of the movie yet comes up with brilliant commercial films. The instance when this master director failed to do so was in 2013 with Kadal. It had all the trademark features of a Mani Ratnam film, still, it fell short of pleasing the audience. Though the film got accolades in the film festival circuits, the common audience showed indigestion towards it. As per box office, Kadal was just an average affair, something not expected from a Mani Ratnam movie. Honorary mentions can be Raavanan (2010) which the Hindi moviegoers rejected and Thiruda Thiruda (1993) which the audience of that time gave a cold shoulder.

    Mani Ratnam: Kadal
    Mani Ratnam: Kadal
    Mani Ratnam
  • KS Ravikumar - Lingaa [2014]

    When in 2014, KS Ravikumar joined hands with Superstar Rajinikanth, he was unable to bring back the charm the duo had in the 1990s. Lingaa was a colossal disaster in all sense. The movie was so boring with below standard graphics work that watching it one time itself was a Himalayan task for even the hardcore fans of Rajini and Anushka Shetty. Lingaa made no sense at all, which made many critics question the logic behind KSR doing such a film. This is also one of those movies of the Superstar, where even his style felt bland for the audience.

    KS Ravikumar - Lingaa
    KS Ravikumar - Lingaa
    K. S. Ravikumar
  • Venkat Prabhu - Massu Engira Masilamani [2015]

    Venkat Prabhu is a genuinely maverick director who gave us the ultra stylish movie, Mankatha. But he also gave us Maasu Engira Masilamani. The movie was an OK investment for the producers but the same was not the state of the distributors. The movie felt so far of from the track that even two Suriya couldn't bring it to the standard set by the director with his previous masala potboiler. Maasu had a never tried before concept but the follow through wasn't pleasing enough which made the end product to be an affair which failed to score at most of the part. 

    Venkat Prabhu - Massu Engira Masilamani
    Venkat Prabhu - Massu Engira Masilamani
    Venkat Prabhu
  • N. Lingusamy - Anjaan [2014] | Ji [2005]

    Lingusamy's success formula is mid-level mass entertainers and when he tried to move out of this, he failed to make it up to the audience. Anjaan with Suriya in the lead was the director's attempt at a full blown mass action entertainer but audience gave it a tough welcome. The movie lacked a proper plot, and the length also came as an issue. Though the movie was able to score at BO, the film didn't really stick in the mind of the audience. Worse was the situation with Ji. With Ajith and Trisha in the lead and college campus politics as a plot, the movie should have had a go with the audience. Instead, the viewers let it go. It wasn't able to catch the attention of the moviegoers thus incurring a loss to the producer.

    N. Lingusamy - Anjaan
    N. Lingusamy - Anjaan
    Lingusamy
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  • Shankar - I [2015]

    Shankar is one among the few Indian film directors who haven't tasted big failures in their career. Every movie of Shankar is a magnum opus which lifts the hype and expectations to an unparallel level. Same happened with I. Chiyaan Vikram's performance, AR Rahman's songs, PC Sreeram's cinematography, everything was spot on, except the story. It lacked the punch that every Shankar movie has. What can be said about the story is that it was a simple love story and it should have been treated like that but the scale at which it was executed made the whole movie bit hard to digest. The film turned out to be a commercial hit though.

    Shankar - I [2015]
    Shankar - I [2015]
    Shankar S
  • Bala - Avan Ivan [2011] | Tharai Thappattai [2016]

    Movies by Bala aren't always for the general audience. He surely has his own group of viewers but at two instances he wasn't able to completely satisfy even them. First one was in 2011, Avan Ivan, starring Vishal and Arya. The movie had a mixed response from both critics and audience, though the collection figures call it a hit. The movie was mostly criticized for a sloppy story and lukewarm execution. While Tharai Thappattai was too raw to handle for most of the audience. The level of realism was bit overdosed in the movie. It received mixed response from critics while had largely negative response from the audience, even though it had a stellar performance by Varalaxmi and Sasikumar.

    Bala - Avan Ivan and Tharai Thappattai
    Bala - Avan Ivan and Tharai Thappattai
    Bala
  • Hari - Vengai [2011]

    Hari is one of the directors in Tamil who can give a perfect pakka mass movie. He did prove it with the Singam series. But when he joined hands with Dhanush, Hari failed to live up to the expectations. The movie seemed like he was out of form and even Dhanush's performance couldn't stop the audience from rejecting Venghai. The film had more flaws than one could count and such a flick was never expected by anyone from Hari. Honorary mentions are Poojai (2014) and Seval (2008). While Vishal starrer was able to make some money thanks to its holiday time release, the latter was a complete dud. Both the movies failed to match the level of punch that the director usually packs in his movie.

    Hari - Vengai
    Hari - Vengai
    Hari
  • Gautham Menon - Neethaane En Ponvasantham [2012]

    The biggest issue with Gautham Menon's Neethaane En Ponvasantham was that it had to compete with the romantic magic set by his own Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, that too with a less engaging and more yawning story. NEP wasn't a totally bad movie. The Chemistry between Jiiva and Samantha was cute and lovely but the same can't be said for the overall movie. It was so dragging that by the end it felt like two or three movies collided into one. Still, the movie had really wonderful songs. GVM did do a decent work but failed to give this movie the same standard of his previous romantic films, thus making the audience disappointed with NEP.

    Gautham Menon -  Neethaane En Ponvasantham
    Gautham Menon - Neethaane En Ponvasantham
    Gautham Menon