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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24 (2016) Movie Review: Ambitious Tale of a Time Twisting Watch

Travelling into the past or the future, in short time travel is something that has always fascinated the human brain. For centuries together someone or the other has been trying various means to manage the same, even attempting to make their own version of a “time machine” or any such device to enable the same. While many theories abound on the feasibility and practical nature of time travel as a concept to develop and exist, nevertheless it’s also a phenomenon which has caught the fancy of filmmakers across the World, including India as they go about trying to exploit the concept through films. Be it Aditya 369, Love Story 2050 or even the recent Indu Netru Naalai, all of them have been attempts at making a true sci-fi film with time travel as the core concept. Vikram Kumar‘s 24 is one such addition to this list of films, this time around the stakes involved are higher as it features Suriya in the lead, an extremely popular actor from Tamil cinema, with a fan following all over South India. Considering that Suriya has gone on to produce the film himself the potential involved was also something that was appearing to be obvious.Continue reading “24 (2016) Movie Review: Ambitious Tale of a Time Twisting Watch”

Manam Movie Review: A 3 Generation Family Saga with the Right Spirit

Manam-2014Recently while watching Mahesh BabuSukumar’s 1-Nenokkadine I experienced a moment where I felt that the director had let go off a lovely opportunity to make the audience, especially the fans of Mahesh Babu happy. If you’ve seen the movie you’d recollect that I’m referring to the climax portion where there is a lot of time devoted to Mahesh Babu trying to discover his old home and in the process remember his past. While we get to see and find out who his parents were, I thought it would have been wonderful to have Mahesh Babu himself and Namrata Shirodkar playing the parents. This I thought would have pretty innovative, considering the amount of time being devoted to this segment in the movie. Alas but that was not to be and we couldn’t get to face what could have been an interesting moment in an otherwise grandiose attempt but with its pitfalls galore.Continue reading “Manam Movie Review: A 3 Generation Family Saga with the Right Spirit”