Tamil Films

Greatest Tamil Films – 10 & 9

Greatest Tamil Films – 10 & 9

‘It’s up to the audiences to decide if it’s entertainment, the critics to decide if it’s good, and ultimately posterity to decide if it’s art.’ –       Robert De Nero 10. Moondram Pirai             If Balachander brought revolutionary content, Bharathiraaja brought villages, Balu Mahendra brought in quietness to Tamil […]

Thadayara Thakka – DVD

Thadayara Thakka – DVD

Cast: Arun Vijay, Mamta Mohandas; Music: Thaman; Director: Magizh Thirumeni Our lead actors are getting increasingly omnipotent. They are business-savvy, stunningly romantic, bewilderingly muscled and breathtakingly clever. With their Herculean strength, they can launch one punch that can throw a man off the ground, kill nearly six thugs in a matter of seconds and conduct […]

Vazhakku En: 18/9

Vazhakku En: 18/9

Cast: Muthuraman, Muralidharan, Sri, Urmila Mahanta, Manisha Yadhav; Music: R Prasanna; Direction: Balaji Sakthivel With the exception of Simbudevan, Shankar’s assistants have tried the formula of blending neo-realism, melodrama and social criticism. The commercial and critical success of these usually depended on which flavour dominated the work. In Kadhal, it was the melodrama and in […]

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

Cast: Udayanidhi Stalin, Santhanam, Hansika Motvani, Saranya Ponvannan; Music: Harris Jeyaraj; Direction: Rajesh When writing about the comedy plays of SV Shekar, writer Sujatha summed them up as ‘Forty Jokes in Sixty Minutes.’ That should be an apt description to Rajesh’s films as well, perhaps more minutes and, consequently, more jokes. Never really someone to […]

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Cast: Dhanush, Shruti Hassan, Prabhu, Banupriya, Rohini; Director: Aishwarya Dhanush; Music: Anirudh Aishwarya has worked as Selvaraghavan’s assistant. Dhanush has played most of Selvaraghavan’s characters; therefore psychologically disturbed characters are not new to both the director and the actor. Aishwarya is only the third of the female directors attempting that profession in the male-dominated Tamil […]

Mayakkam Enna

Mayakkam Enna

Cast: Dhanush, Richa, Gangobadyay; Director: Selvaraghavan; Music: G V Prakash Selvaraghavan’s heroes are famous losers. They are arrogant, chauvinistic, semi-literate wanderers who don’t know how to communicate with opposite sex. Their sexual frustration often projects as misogyny. They slander, abuse, strip, beat and dominate their women. In the end, this very dominance proves to be […]

Nanban

Nanban

Cast: Vijay, Srikanth, Jiiva, Satyaraj, Illeyana, Music: Harris Jeyaraj, Direction: Shankar Nanban is a faithful,fame-by-frame remake of 3 Idiots. And that is its strength; because how else doyou improve something that has already reached perfection? Shankar, skilful andabundantly talented, has also exhibited ample humility, a rare commodity inIndian film industry. In his vision for Nanban, […]

Eesan

Cast: Samuthirakani, Vaibhav, A L Alagappan, Abhinaya; Music: James Vasanthan; Direction: M Sasikumar  Most of you would remember those 80s Hindi films. A classic example is Tezab, a film we all remember, thankfully for that infectiously peppy song. From the outset you knew the director didn’t start the production with a bound script. In fact […]

Engeyum Eppothum

Engeyum Eppothum is a special film. It works in three levels, which is why it is special in a land where films often don’t work even in one level.  Firstly, it works as a vehicle for a powerful and urgent message. It is indeed simple: road safety and the follies of reckless driving. And, surprise, […]

The Song and its Singer

‘Kolaveri’ is an incredibly joyous song. It oozes a sort of reckless energy that has now come to represent the Indian youth of the noughties. It may not be the original idea. The cheeky practice of singing Tamil songs in English is afavourite pass time of Chennaites for a long time. We used sing like this: […]