It was only a few years ago that the Tamil film stars forayed into production. Everyone thought that following Bollywood, the bug has caught the Tamil film industry too; the trade pundits also considered it as a healthy move.

Initially, things went well for all these actors turned producers. Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films produced a series of hits including Ethir Neechal, Velailla Pattadhari (starring Dhanush himself), Kaaki Sattai, Kaaka Muttai and Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. While the small-budget films helped Dhanush to mint profits, movies featuring him in the lead actually incurred huge losses. Films like Maari, Maari 2, Vada Chennai, Velailla Pattadhari 2 and the most anticipated Kaala, starring Rajinikanth, were massive failures for Wunderbar Films.

Currently, Dhanush has stopped all his production ventures and started acting in films bankrolled by established producers. The National Award-winning actor’s upcoming film Asuran with Vetrimaaran is being funded by veteran producer Kalaipuli S Thanu. Dhanush has also signed a three-film deal with Viswasam producer Sathya Jyothi Films’ Thiagarajan. Sources say that Dhanush signed three films with Sathya Jyothi Films to offset the losses incurred by their previous combination, Thodari. The production house locked directors RS Durai Senthilkumar (Kodi) and Ram Kumar (Ratsasan) to helm two of the three films with the actor.

Sasikumar forayed into Kollywood with the celebrated gangster drama Subramaniapuram; he directed, acted and produced the film. The massive success of Subramaniapuram helped Sasikumar to produce many films including Pasanga, Easan, Porali and Sundarapandian. Among these four films, Sundarapandian was a super hit and Pasanga did good business. Things progressed smoothly until Sasikumar produced Thaarai Thappattai directed by his mentor Bala. The film cost him a bomb but Sasikumar went on to produce more films including Kidaari, Balle Vellaiyathevaa and Kodiveeran. Unfortunately, all three films bombed at the box office. Since then, he has opted out of producing his films. All his upcoming films including Nadodigal 2, Kombu Vacha Singamada and Kennedy Club are being funded by other producers.

Music composer Vijay Antony debuted as a hero with his production ventures like Naan, Salim and India Pakistan. Antony’s Pichaikkaran was a phenomenal blockbuster which led everyone to think that his future films would also fetch massive profits. Unfortunately, all his anticipated projects tanked at the box office. Antony has now decided to stop producing his own films and signed a series of films like Kolaigaaran, Agni Siragugal, Thamilarasan and Kaaki with other producers.

Sivakarthikeyan who closely worked with RD Raja’s 24AM Studios in films like Remo and Velaikkaran has moved out of the production house after the box-office dud Seema Raja. Other than his long-pending sci-fi film with Ravikumar, all other upcoming films — including Mr. Local, Hero with Irumbuthirai director PS Mithran, an untitled rural entertainer with Pandiraj and another untitled film with Vignesh ShivN — are produced by leading production houses like Studio Green, KJR Studios, Sun Pictures and Lyca.

Reliable sources suggest that following the success of his debut production venture Kanaa, Siva has decided to produce his own films in future. And, as a first step, he is all set to produce his new film with Kolamaavu Kokila director Nelson in 2020.