Tamil movie industry is based in Kodambakkam area of Chennai, capital of South Indian state Tamilnadu. Tamil film industry is sometimes referred to as Kollywood, a portmanteau of the words Kodambakkam and Hollywood.
Over the years, many Tamil films such as Mani Ratnam's Kannathil Muthamittal and Priyadarshan's Kanchivaram, have been screened at various film festivals across the globe. These films have contributed to the international recognition of Indian cinema.
Tamil cinema is also known for its popular commercial films which are to a large extent hero centric, with larger than life characters. These films are generally out and out entertainers mixed with action, songs, dance and drama.