Top 10 Stars of Tamil Cinema (Updated)

Many thanks to FlawyedRuleZ for his valuable inputs

1.Rajnikant (Age-60)

Kuselan (2008)-Wash out
Sivaji (2007)- Blockbuster
Chandramukhi (2005)-Blockbuster
Baba (2002) – Flop
Padayappa (1999) – ATBB

2.Kamal Hassan (Age-55)

Unnaipol Oruvan (2009) -Hit
Dasavathaaram (2008) -Superhit
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006) -Hit
Mumbai Express (2005) – Wash out
Vasool Raja MBBS (2005) -Above average
Virumaandi (2004) – Average
Anbe Sivam (2003) -Flop

3.Suriya (Age-35)

Aadhavan (2009)- Semi hit
Ayan (2009) – Blockbuster
Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)-Hit
Vel (2007)- Hit
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006) – Above average
Aaru (2005) – Hit
Ghajini (2005)- Hit

4.Vijay (Age-36)

Sura (2010) -Flop
Vettaikaaran (2009) -Average
Villu (2009) -Flop
Kuruvi (2008) -Flop
Azhagiya Tamil Magan (2007) -Flop
Pokkiri (2007) -Super Hit
Aadhi (2006) -Flop
Sivakasi (2005) -Above average

5.Ajith (Age-39)

Aasal (2010) -Flop
Aegan (2008) -Flop
Billa (2007) -Super Hit
Kireedam (2007) – Semi Hit
Aalwar (2007) -Washout
Varalaru (2007) – Hit
Thirupathi (2006) -Flop
Paramasivan (2006) -Semi Hit

6..Vikram (Age-46)

Kanthaswamy (2009) -Flop
Bheema (2008) -Flop
Majaa (2005) -Flop
Anniyan (2005) -Superhit
Arul (2004) -Flop

7.Dhanush (Age-32)

Kutty(2010)- Flop
Padikathavan (2009) – Hit
Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) -Super Hit
Polladhavan (2007) -Hit
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram(2007)- Washout
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam (2006) – Hit
Pudhupettai (2006) -Flop

8..Karthik (Age-33)

Paiyaa(2010) -Hit
Aayirathil Oruvan (2010)- Average
Paruthiveeran (2007) -Superhit

9.. Simbu (Age-27)

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) -Hit
Silambattam (2009) -Average
Kaalai (2008) -Flop
Vallavan (2006) -Flop
Saravanaa (2006) -Above average

10. Sasikumar

Naadodigal (2009)-Hit
Subramaniapuram (2008) -Hit


  1. Doga
    May 27, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Thank you Shetty for the post.

  2. Lankeshwar
    May 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Didnt realize Vijay is thrown so far behind in recent years. Thanks for the post!

  3. Lankeshwar
    May 27, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Shetty bhai dont mind but IMO – listing Dhanush ahead of Vijay and Ajith is funny. Both might have recent setbacks but their fan following certainly miles ahead.

  4. Lankeshwar
    May 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Even if I prefer Vikram and Suriya – Vijay and Ajith have been more popular than them. Vijay IMO in all these years had bigger fan following and Suriya has recently just caught up with him.

  5. Lankeshwar
    May 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    But I dont like Suriya off late – he is doing crap films like Vijay. Look at Singam trailer – throwback to 80s. Something which Rajni did…but he doesnt have Rajni’s dialogue delivery/style.

  6. chahal
    May 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Fomme Kamal Hassan is beyond comparisons! Biggest talent India has ever produced!

    Vikram- none of them cud match his “Chithan” performance! Watched Pithamagn with subs n its one of my fav Tamil mvis! Lved Surya in this!

    Subramaniapuram- One of the best realistic mvis i hav ever seen! Its Flawless! U r nt a true mvi fan, if u havnt seen this gem! I read this was Sasikumar’s debut mvi! Way to go man!
    totaly neglected at National awards! They gave it Bala for NK, sbmpm was way better!

  7. RAJ
    May 27, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Good post..shetty…Never follow Tamil moies so closely so dont know about the star standings..Always like Kamalhassan and his movies..

    Rajnikanth is as charmin as any body…Though cant stand most of his movies..
    Surya ..only seen Ghajni and impressed with him…
    Dhahush..seen one movie..dont remember its name..have to say ..that was one ofthecrappiest movies of all time..

    ikram..hae only watched Apirihit..never liked that movie..although he looks totally different in Raavnan

  8. Yakuza
    May 28, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Thanks Shetty for this awesome list. I am not much aware of tamil artiste except some popular one of course. I am shocked looking at boxoffice fate of Vikram movies. The way i was hearing praises for him, i thought him as big star down south.

  9. chahal
    May 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Yakuza bhai@ abt vikram, his mvis may hav underperformed, but his acting is always perfect! His Anniyan is one of the biggest hits down south! He is grt bo pull!
    One of the most verstile actors!
    He won a national award without a single dialg in whole mvi n lost one with one vote! His intensity is unmatchable……. I wud say he is best actor of his genration!

  10. Doga
    May 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Shetty Sir, Salman Khan off late career seems like a mix of Ajith and Vijay.

    (supposed huge following, not doing upto mark movies and indifferent results).

  11. Doga
    May 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    I can try to get into contact, do you have a question?

  12. Doga
    May 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    As for Most Wanted, things have started on that front.

    Salman’s next movies are going to be,




    Partner 2.

    Are any of the above any good, or is he turning into Dharam Paaji of late 80’s.(though Dharam paaji had hits too at that time)

  13. Doga
    May 28, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Thanks, but you had a question?

  14. Shaze
    May 28, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    very much happy to see karthi in no. 6 wid just 3 movies.
    and paiyaa is suerhit or blocbuster and ayirathil oruvan is hit

  15. chahal
    May 29, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Shetty bhai@ hav u seen subramaniapuram? Dont u think it shud b remade by Vishal

  16. FlawyedRuleZ
    May 29, 2010 at 5:50 AM

    If you don’t mind my intrusion, Shetty bhai

    I agree in principle with the tone of the ranking.

    Vijay, is on a decline. Dhanush is getting good fanbase in villages and towns. But hardly in top 5. He is still in category of Simbus and Aryas. I’d say Karthi is looking to get past Dhanush in BO power because of his fairly spread fanbase in all centers, like his brother.

    Surya’s BO record looks good: (I’ve corrected few)

    Aadhavan (2009)- Flop
    Ayan (2009) – Blockbuster
    Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)-Hit
    Vel (2007)- Semi-hit to Average
    Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006) – Flop
    Aaru (2005) – Average
    Ghajini (2005)- Hit

    Singam looks a Super dooper hit after moderate success of Aaru and Velu. Saw the crew of Singam perform dance sequence of all the songs in Inox today. there’s a real buzz even in multipex audience for a B/C center film ! Haven’t watched the film yet. The reviews are all positive.

    First Surya has to beat Ajith-Vijay stronghold, I think he has the best chance to be the next big actor-star, even above Vikram. Madhavan has sunk down by all counts, even if he remains my favorite. Surya’s looking to take chunks from both these actor’s (Ajith-Vijay) fan-base. In spite of having less number of fans, he is able to get whistles and claps in theaters. So I’ll not put it past him

    Vijay is on a decline. Even his fans have rejected his Thirupachi remakes – Sivakasi, Vettaikaran, Villu, Kuruvi, Kaka, Koli, etc. They accepted only Mahesh babu remakes from him. Still the number of fans is still sizable (if he focus a bit on the plot of his films – he can regain their faith), his star status is blemished after his recent run of flops and tussle with theater distributors.

    Surya matches in balancing genres. Vikram looked like he could, but after wash outs and not many films for couple of years. He also looks very old. In fact, he uses a fake birth-date. He’s in his late 40’s. He’s more closer to Kamal-Rajini than Surya-Madhavan-Ajith-Vijay

    Rajini-Kamal at top, for me. Only because Kamal does well in all genres. Rajini maintains exclusivity and takes a long time between projects.

    Kamal: (Corrected a few)
    Unnaipol Oruvan (2009) -Superhit to Blockbuster, keeping cost in mind (Cheapest Tamil film in years – Kamal’s own production. His daughter did music. Debut Director wasn’t paid at all – it’s tutelage fee. Most of the crew were film students. Shot for the most part in terrace, and police headquarters on Sundays)
    Dasavathaaram (2008) -Blockbuster
    Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006) -Superhit
    Mumbai Express (2005) – Wash out
    Vasool Raja MBBS (2005) -Super hit
    Virumaandi (2004) – Semi-Hit to Hit
    Anbe Sivam (2003) – Flop

    His collections are always on a higher level than Vijay’s, Ajith’s and Surya’s. Take the number of screens his films opens – it’s always double the younger stars, and slightly lesser than Rajini’s (even if Dasa released in more with aaskar ravi and size of the project). It also does well in neighboring Southern states. Does well overseas. His films cost in crores for pre-release TV rights like Rajini, unlike in lakhs of younger stars. Similarly, his films are sold for a higher value in remake rights. Even if not now, you get a scenario like Sajid Nadiadwala paying 2 crores to Thenappan for Kamal’s Kaadhala Kaadhala, released in 90’s. You get the drift.

  17. Lankeshwar
    May 29, 2010 at 5:58 AM

    Thanks FlawyedRuleZ – again same question which I have been asking many – is there any reliable source on net/print so as to trust the BO figures and verdicts of Tamil films….I dont trust individual random talks and verdicts of** fanclubs.

  18. Lankeshwar
    May 29, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Due to lack of credible source and false/manipulated news reports EVERY star in telugu/tamil looks like a SUPERSTAR to an outsider. In fact when I came to chennai few years back I was convinced that there are NO STARS here….all are SUPERSTARS…..hahaha

  19. Lankeshwar
    May 29, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    There is absolutely no transparency about numbers about anything in south – be in budget or collections – even if u get some numbers whether it is gross or nett or DS is another mystery…..Hindi industry is far far better thanks to BOI,Nahta,BOC etc..

  20. FlawyedRuleZ
    May 29, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    I think there is still a degree to which they are all covered and/or put into a pedestal in English print/Internet media. For example, all print/websites/tv channels treat Rajini or Kamal with more sophistication than say Vijay or Ajith. Vijay and Ajith (both in dip, nevertheless) relatively better than Surya and Vikram. Likewise.

    As for authentic or credible sources – no, you basically collate with the figures available to you through various media outlets. And cross-verify by first-hand reports and own personal observation.

  21. Lankeshwar
    May 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Ok got it. But its too difficult to follow all these things.
    Doga/Shetty or anyone – why is Singam not listed on BOmojo site – even if it is reportedly being released on 30 prints all over the US?

  22. FlawyedRuleZ
    May 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Yeah, it’s strange why there is no listing in BOmojo. But I could confirm it does release in about 30 screens (As confirmed by my sister who lives in Bay Area)

  23. Doga
    May 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Singam has done 32,600 dollars from 23 screening on friday in USA as per early estimate at Movie city.

    Movie city numbers have a tendency of being lower than actual(sometimes as less as half of real number).

    So i am expecting around 175+ K thousand dollars in USA weekend.

    Link(see on right mid bottom chart for friday numbers)

  24. Doga
    May 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Boxofficemojo will come with actual number directly on late Monday/early Tuesday , will update.

  25. Lankeshwar
    June 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    This ranking looks better shetty bhai.

  26. Lankeshwar
    June 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    “People who saw the movie on 20th day paid a Ticket price of min 100. The first 5 days Ticket prices were 150,200 in many places whereas according to Govt norms it should be 50,75 even for an AC theatre. Few theatres outside Chennai has A/C only in its name. With ticket prices min of 100 till 20th day and reasonable crowd flow as confirmed by those who visit theatres, how could an owner face loss?”

    One very good thing about TN is government norms abt tkt prices. And I have seen in Chennai and other cities they are followed – the tkt prices are UNDER 120 for any movie irrespective of the day and screen/multiplex.

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