Every year a handful of films will get special attention from the audience, not for their commercial success but for the critical acclaim. So here we take a look of few films which introduced new style/theme to Tamil cinema.
Aadukalam: Six National awards! Do you have to say anything more about this flick which has won accolades at many international film festivals too. No doubt Aadulakam is one of the best films in Dhanush‘s career and his ‘never-seen-before’ performance as a village boy Karuppu is top-notch.
Aaranya Kaandam: This film marks the birth of a new language in Tamil cinema. Debutant director Kumararaja‘s sheer technical brilliance and an unexpected twist in the climax gives a real view of the world of gangsters. Aaranya Kaandam holds the credit of being the first neo-noir film in Tamil Cinema. It does not have any songs; instead, its engages the viewer with its realistic portrayal of the key characters.
Avan Ivan: Director Bala weaves characters and movies out of common people, many of whom may be considered undesirable and avoidable by the general public, e.g. gravedigger, drug peddler, sex worker, cannibal; Bala could keep pulling out these characters from our everyday lives to make movies. In Avan Ivan, it’s a light-hearted zamindar, two thieving half-brothers, their foul mouthed moms and an ‘everyone knows everyone’ countryside.
Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai: Probably one of the best screenplays in recent times! A simple story, racy screenplay laced with some emotional flashbacks, mesmerizing music and humorous dialogues, that is Suseendran’s Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai! The film, starring Appukutty and Saranya Mohan in the lead roles, narrates the story of Azhagarsami and his horse in Aagamalai village, Periyakulam. When Azhagarsami gets ready for his marriage, he finds that his horse is missing.
Deiva Thirumagal: A poetical tale of the love between a father and his five year old daughter on celluloid — that is the best way to describe Vikram‘s Deiva Thirumagal directed by Vijay. Deiva Thirumagal is an admirable film from director AL Vijay which narrates a tale of love between a father (Borderline Personality Disorder) and his daughter.
Engeyum Eppodhum: Yet another interesting film from a debutant. A.R Murugadoss‘ long time assistant Saravanan has opted out for parallel story telling to make the screenplay more interesting.
Mayakkam Enna: The pain of love, alcoholism, betrayal, failures in life, how love leads to self-destruction?, a pinch of reality, an emotional story, amazing acting, lively character; that is Selvaraghavan‘s Mayakkam Enna!
Vaagai Sooda Vaa: Poetry on screen! When everyone thought that scenic beauty is all about nature and it’s greenery, here comes Vaagai Sooda Vaa, shot completely in a dry-deserted village yet it has it’s own beauty.