Tamil movie industry is based in Kodambakkam district of Chennai, capital of South Indian state Tamilnadu. Tamil film industry is sometimes referred to as Kollywood, which is a combination of Kodambakkam and Hollywood.
Similar to other Indian films, Tamil movies are also mixed with action, songs, dance and drama. Music and dance plays a very important part in the success of Tamil films. Action scenes are another must for tamil films.
Tamil movies to a large extent are absolutely hero centric. Heroes of Tamil movies are usually larger than life characters who are able to single handedly fight dozens of villains.
Kollywood is currently dominated by superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan. Other prominent leading stars are Ajith Kumar, Joseph Vijay, Vikram, R.Madhavan and Surya Sivakumar. Prominent among the younger stars of tamil film industry are Jayam Ravi, Dhanush, Silambarasan, Arya, Jeeva and Karthi Sivakumar.
Leading female artists of Tamil movies are Asin Thottumkal, Nayantara, Trisha Krishnan, Shriya Saran, Sandhya, Sneha and Namitha.