The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2016

2016 was an interesting year for Tamil Cinema with a variety of topics being explored. Some big films didn’t do well, while some small films made impact. Certain stars did well,while some of them didn’t really do well. Here are the films in my opinion which stood a little apart from the rest of the pack and made an impact this year.The movies aren’t sorted in any order of merit. Sorting is done based on release dates.

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Saivam Movie Review: Honest, Heartfelt But Only Half Engaging

Saivam PosterThere are quite a few directors in the industry who push their limits by trying their hands at a variety of genres. I am not too sure if director Vijay would qualify in that list, but after quite a few debacles in action (Thaandavam) and hero-worship (Thalaivaa) he returns to his comfort-zone of light-hearted family drama with ‘Saivam’, featuring his regulars Nasser and  Sarah along with an ensemble cast. It takes quite some guts to even conceptualize a movie without a well-defined male/female protagonist, leave alone writing and directing it, but Vijay proves his capability by trying to tell a tale of compassion and bonding through the eyes of a large family who gather at an ancestral place for a local festival. The intent is no doubt genuine and sincere, but the final product on-screen oscillates between brilliance and mediocrity throughout its running time.Continue reading “Saivam Movie Review: Honest, Heartfelt But Only Half Engaging”

This Year’s Eid at the Cinemas: With Chennai Express, Thalaivaa and Neelaskasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi

Attarintiki Daredi PosterCome holiday time and that too when a major festival coincides with a weekend and it gets all the more potent for filmmakers who keep salivating at the very thought of their ‘biggie’ running riot at the box office. So with Eid this year falling on a Friday (Aug 9th) we had many films across India lining up for release. Continue reading “This Year’s Eid at the Cinemas: With Chennai Express, Thalaivaa and Neelaskasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi”

Thalaivaa: Trailer

Thalaivaa PosterVijay, one of the most popular Tamil actors currently seems to have got into a new zone of late as seen by the kind of projects he has accepted with established directors, unlike earlier. After the resounding success of A.R.Murugadoss‘s Thuppakki, the next offering from Vijay is Thalaivaa  which is directed by A.L.Vijay.Continue reading “Thalaivaa: Trailer”

Trailer of Tamil Movie Thaandavam

Tamil filmmaker A.L.Vijay teams up with Vikram once again after their recent outing, Deiva Thirumagal. While their earlier film together was an extremely emotional family film, their latest outing Thaandavam is a big budget revenge saga shot majorly in London. Continue reading “Trailer of Tamil Movie Thaandavam”

Madharasapattinam Movie Review : A Period Love Saga

Note- As we keep debating about what wrong with Gautham Vasudev Menon‘s Ek Deewana Tha and keep writing about Amy Brown’s selection for the role of Jessie as one of the reasons, here’s a look back at Amy’s 1st movie- Madharasapattinam ( 2010 ).

When director A.L.Vijay who had apprenticed under Priyadarshan and made 2 reasonably good films like Poi Solla Porom & Kireedom announced his decision to make his 3rd film, most people following Tamil Cinema including me were quite intrigued. The reason for the people to get surprised was that the movie in question- ‘Madharasapattinam’ was to be a period film based in the 1940’s in erstwhile Madharasapattinam i.e the Chennai of today. For someone who had found reasonable success by making remakes till now, it looked like quite a bold departure.Continue reading “Madharasapattinam Movie Review : A Period Love Saga”