Ten Greatest Tamil Films

The Logic Behind the List

The Logic Behind the List

‘Films are subjective-what you like, what you don’t like. But the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up on-screen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think […]

Greatest Tamil Films 2. Mudhal Mariyadhai

Greatest Tamil Films 2. Mudhal Mariyadhai

‘No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.’ – Ingmar Bergman   Imagine the scene where Malaichami (Sivaji Ganesan) helps Kuyilu (Radha) to catch fish using his veshti (dhoti). Or when he adoringly invites a house sparrow to […]

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 – 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 […]