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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Uriyadi Movie Review: An Honest Gut- Wrenching Political Thriller

They say that making a film is like reliving one’s dreams in a way, now if your dream manages to reach out to people and leaves an impact on them, it becomes their dream too. Aren’t there many among us who get nostalgic when we think of our days back in school and/or college? And if you are a budding filmmaker isn’t it likely that at some time you have thought of reliving some of those memories in the form of a film that you would probably like to make? Well there are quite a few who think on those lines, some are even lucky enough to turn their dreams into reality on the screen. Vijay Kumar seems to be one such dreamer as well, someone who has patiently taught himself filmmaking the hard way. When it came to finally realizing his dream he has certainly revisited his past in a way, but then his debut film Uriyadi is not a fun and frolic venture and in a way the nostalgia factor doesn’t override the central theme of the film.Continue reading “Uriyadi Movie Review: An Honest Gut- Wrenching Political Thriller”

Uriyadi: Trailer

Uriyadi-movie-stills-1Director Nalan Kumarasamy best known for Soodhu Kavvum turns producer with the Tamil movie Uriyadi. The film is co-produced by Kumarasamy and Sameer Bharat Ram of Pinrom pictures in association with Souvenir ProductionsUriyadi which marks the directorial debut of Vijay Kumar is a thriller set in the late 90’s and revolves around an engineering college located in the interiors of Tamil Nadu.

The film stars Vijay Kumar, Mime Gopi, Citizen Sivakumar and Chandru in pivotal roles with music by Masala Coffee & Anthony Daasan. Uriyadi which is also written by Kumar is scheduled for a theatrical release soon. Meanwhile, have a look at its trailer below and do let us know your views on it.Continue reading “Uriyadi: Trailer”

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum Movie Review: Unlike Poles Attract Each Other

Back in school and college I was quite patchy when it came to sports. Unlike academics or extra-curricular activities I could somehow never become consistently good when it came to sports. On my good day I would perhaps have a blast be it while playing Volleyball or Ball Badminton. But there were days when I would routinely hit the net with a pass or fail with my serve, to the desperation of all others in my team. So I can in a way relate to someone who feels that he has it in him to be a big gangster, someone who can trade off punches quite well and win any brawl. But in reality the person actually turns out to be diametrically the opposite, failing in form and technique very often when facing his opponents in a fight. Added to this is the burden of the person in question being a loner of sorts (here I defer), both wanted and unwanted by the people he works with, depending on the situation.Continue reading “Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum Movie Review: Unlike Poles Attract Each Other”

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum: Trailer

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum Poster 2Nalan Kumarasamy shot to fame with his very first Tamil film Soodhu Kavvum (2013). He also shot a crucial segment in the collective film, X: Past is Present and is now back with his second Tamil film, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (love shall also pass too). Produced by C.V.Kumar and K.E.Gnanavel Raja, this is an official remake of the Korean hit, My Dear Desperado (2010). Interestingly the Hindi version of the same, Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story (2013) was not well received. Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum or Ka Ka Ka Po as its also referred to features Vijay Sethupathi in the lead along with Madonna Sebastian of Premam fame and Samuthirakani.Continue reading “Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum: Trailer”

X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting

Deep down a lot of us are romantics right?And one of the things that excites us the most is to get nostalgic over our romantic tales,some great,some not so great.Some funny, some tragic, some silly, some plain embarrassing. And in case one feels he/she hasn’t had a colourful life, you may still want to feel or pretend otherwise. There are so many topics that we talk about and things that we tend to do but often get bored of, but falling in love or reminiscing about an old romantic tale is usually not something that one ever gets bored of, well normally at least 🙂 . That’s why it’s no surprise that films like Cheran‘s Autograph (2004) or the recent Malayalam blockbuster Premam have done well. After all these films have an instant connect with our basic psyche, also this perhaps explains why I’ve been looking forward to X: Past is Present or X The Film as it was called earlier.Continue reading “X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting”

X-The Film: Trailer

X-Past is Present an upcoming Indian experimental film directed by a team of eleven filmmakers including Abhinav Tiwari, Anu Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma. The film features Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Huma Qureshi, Aditi Chengappa, Radhika Apte, Parno Mittra, Neha Mahajan, Piaa Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Bidita Bag etc. X – The Film is not an anthology,but one whole story with the eleven directors making various sections of it. Produced by Manish Mundra, the film has music by Maitreya and is edited by Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabhakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Shrivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar. The cinematographers who have worked in the film include Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Maeve O’Connell, Ravi K. Chandran, Q, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Siddharth Kay, Sidhant Chowdhry, Viraaj SinghContinue reading “X-The Film: Trailer”

The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take

Tamil Cinema 2013-Top ActorsIts that time of the year when a new year has set in and we remember the year that just went past us. So its  time for the titles and awards again! Here is my list of the very best Tamil cinema had to offer in 2013. Do read up and let me know your comments.Continue reading “The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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