Tamil films

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 […]

Greatest Tamil Films 1. Nayagan

Greatest Tamil Films 1. Nayagan

  ‘An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before?’  – Francis Ford Coppola   How many Tamilians are there who don’t know the Nayagan theme song, including the prelude? How many Tamilians are there […]

Greatest Tamil Films 3. Parasakthi

Greatest Tamil Films 3. Parasakthi

‘The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed!’ – Stanley Kubrick   It is quite unlikely that Karunanidhi would have heard of Mikhail Bakunin. For someone who thought Stalin was a hero, it is difficult to imagine Karunanidhi having heard […]

Greatest Tamil Films 4. Aboorva Raagangal

Greatest Tamil Films 4. Aboorva Raagangal

  My films are therapy for my debilitating depression. In institutions people weave baskets. I make films.’ –       Woody Allen   That nerve. That audacity. Who else but Balachander could dare commit such atrocity? It is difficult to find out what effect the film had on the mid 70s audience, but it was clear enough […]

Greatest Tamil Films – 6 and 5

Greatest Tamil Films – 6 and 5

  6. Nenjil Ore Aalayam                   ‘Oh, how Shakespeare would have loved cinema!‘                                                                     […]

Two films and a director

Many hailed Chennai – 600 028 as a landmark film. It did extremely well in the box office and created a huge hype for the director Venkat Prabhu’s next outing Saroja. When Saroja hit the theatres a few weeks back, the response was unprecedented and Sify hailed it as ‘a new millennium cinema.’ Both the […]

Subramaniapuram

Subramaniapuram is no ordinary movie. A quick glance at the promotional posters and stills will tell you that. Watching the movie will confirm this more. There are no good-looking characters, mind-boggling stunts, item-songs, ‘punch-dialogues’ or any other regulation Tamil film imperatives. The pace is quite slow even by the standards of art-house Bengali or French […]

Dasavatharam

Time: Circa 1981. The first scene of a new movie opens. A music studio is seen where the recording for a song is about to begin. The easels for the violin notes are shown in a row. As the camera pans to each stand, one easel is blank without the notes sheets. That violinist is […]