Tamil

We, the Tamils

We, the Tamils

The obsession of Tamilians with their mother tongue is something that has no parallels. We take pride in being the speakers of one of the oldest languages in the world. Fair enough. Tamil is indeed the only surviving classical language in the world. The earliest literature in Tamil dates back to 300 BC. It has […]

Greatest Tamil Films – 8 and 7

Greatest Tamil Films – 8 and 7

8. Andha Naal               ‘All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl’ – Jean-Luc Godard   Before K Balachander The Revolutionary, there was another one. S Balachander, famously known as Veenai Balachander, was equally experimental, albeit less successful. In 1955, when the entire Tamil industry […]

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 […]

The Grand Illusion Called Kamal

A joke from an eighties stage play goes like this: An aspiring scriptwriter meets a film producer with a script and upon asked to narrate the story, he starts thus: ‘Once upon a time, there were five brothers who had 100 cousin brothers. Both the groups go to a casino to play card game against […]