Tamil Films

Bahubali

Bahubali

When the film was originally conceived, SS Rajamouli must have clearly imagined that this was going to be a visual spectacle. It was going to be promoted as a grand epic and therefore the entire effort would be spent on that. Clearly, that’s what they have achieved. Bahubali is a spectacle of great imagination. Yes, […]

O Kadhal Kanmani

O Kadhal Kanmani

[Cast: Dulqhar Salman, Nithya Menon, Prakash Raj, Leena Samson; Music: AR Rahman; Direction; Mani Ratnam] I’m not sure whether O Kadhal Kanmani was the first Tamil film to deal with the idea of Living-In Relationship. I believe it is. There have been films that portrayed pre-marital sex. Nammavar did it way back in 1995. However, […]

I – The Movie

I – The Movie

[Cast: Vikram, Amy Jackson, Santhanam; Music: AR Rahman, Direction: Shankar] Shankar had a knack of telling simple and direct stories. Like primary colours, his films used to deal with primary emotions. Sometimes they even border on banality, but they always worked with the audience. Sujatha must have been a key factor in establishing such simplicity […]

Kochadaiyaan

Kochadaiyaan

[Cast: Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Nasser, Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Rukmini, Aadhi; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Soundarya Rajinikanth] We have seen several high-quality motion-capture animation techniques in the past. Some of them we didn’t even know were executed using the motion-capture technique. Take Gollum for example. That wretched schizophrenic character in The Lord of the Rings […]

Mariyan

Cast: Dhanush, Parvathi Menon, Appukutty, Salim Kumar, Uma Riyaz Khan; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Bharat Bala There’s a lovely scene at the very early stages of the film. Panimalar, the lead girl in the film, goads Maryan into visiting their neighbourhood church. She is desperately in love with him although he doesn’t reciprocate it. […]

Being a Woman

Being a Woman

This is not an article about the film Raanjhana, but it contains spoilers from the film. So those who haven’t seen the film and are intending to, please be warned. There are three essays in today’s Hindu on the influences of the film Raanjhana. Is it misogynistic? No, argues Swara Bhaskar, one of the actresses […]

Ten Greatest Tamil Films

Ten Greatest Tamil Films

A while ago, I compiled a list of ten greatest Tamil films.  I’m posting them to be available conveniently in a single page.   The Greatest Tamil Films 10. Moondram Pirai        9. 16 Vayathinile 8. Andha Naal                  7. Kadhalikka Neramillai 6. Nenjil Ore Aalayam      5. Endhiran 4. Aboorva Raagangal  3. Parasakthi 2. Mudhal Mariyadhai 1. […]

Throwing in the Towel

Throwing in the Towel

One of the recent topics trending online was about the drying up of creative juices of Bharathiraaja, the acclaimed filmmaker in Tamil. His recent work ‘Annakkodi’ has been torn apart mercilessly by both the critics and the public. It’s not just that it was no patch on some of this great works, but it was […]

Paradesi

Paradesi

Cast: Atharva, Dhanshika, Vedhika; Music: GV Prakash; Direction: Bala Bala’s films have come to be associated with words like macabre, gore, dark, and, yes, even hell. Yet, his films try to stay dangerously close to realism. Does it mean that reality is hell? Is that the reason we want to watch feel-good, make-believe potboilers that […]

Viswaroopam

Viswaroopam

[Cast: Kamal Hassan, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekar Kapoor; Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy; Direction: Kamal Hassan] Viswaroopam is a very good film. Looks like Kamal Hassan has been preparing for this kind of film for a long time. Make no mistake, he is one of the best script writers in India. His greatest […]