Best of Tamil Cinema, 2014 – a column by Arjun P.S.
2014 have been a year of controversies, big hits and big misses. Let us look at the best of the year.
- Jigarthanda directed by Karthik Subbaraj is a very different musical-gangster film. It is highly inspirational and definitely we will see few movies in near future in the same genre in India. Forbes India Magazine ranked the film on the fifth spot in its 5 Indian Films to see in India 2014 list.
- Madras, a movie with not-unusual storyline but the clean, neat narration with the classic background score by Santhosh Narayanan makes it a very good movie.
- Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum is an emotionally touching movie which is a must watch. It was screened at the 19th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).
- Pisaasu directed by the unstoppable and extremely different, Mysshkin. The film is a completely different look at the ghostly figure. The music, camera movements and the famous Mysshkin touches here and there makes it a good emotional journey.
- Golisoda is a well-made movie with some good dialogues, and excellent all-round performances.
- Thegidi is a film that will attracts you right from the title track. Suspense thriller has always done well in Tamil but still remains as a rare genre. This small film has all the good elements for a good entertaining thriller.
- Kathai Thirakathai Vasanam Iyakkam by the unusual R. Parthipan is a refreshing film. A perfect film which makes you forgets the time.
- Naigal Jagrathai is a simple tale of a dog and a cop. A dog story definitely brings more feelings than the usual. Worth a watch.
- Kappal from S Pictures is a laugh riot. One of the best comedy films of recent times.
- Yamirikka Bayamey is a good horror comedy. The brilliantly executed script makes it compelling. A movie which you will not regret watching.
That was a good ending for Tamil cinema – three good movies just before new-year. Kappal, Kayal and Meaghamann.
- Kayal a typical Prabu Soloman film with good music, visual and simple but touching story presented in a slow tone. Is definitely a good one time watch especially for its climax and the emotion it gives.
- Meaghamann is one rare action thriller which satisfies the audience without heavy masala and songs.
- Kochadaiyaan directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth is the first. The applause goes to the makers and Super Star Rajinikanth for the daring and hard attempt. It will be remembered forever as the first.
- Kaaviya Thalaivan by Vasantha Balan is another bold attempt deserved to be on the hit list.
- Inam directed by Santhosh Sivan. It was made and registered in 2013, but released on March 2014. Movies like Inam shows what is cinema, the cinema as an art. A celluloid poetry. The film was premiered at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival.
Attempts like these are which makes the industry proud of and every appreciation such films gets, designs the steps for new filmmakers. Whether the movie impresses us or not should not be the matter to stop the applause, the hard work behind such films deserves respect. They could have made any senseless movie to make money but putting hard time, money, everything for such films is respectful.
And then there are the usual mass films
- Kaththi directed by AR Murugadoss stands high among mass films for its impressive content. Even with all the usual stuffs of a mass film, Murugadoss succeed in presenting the strong theme. Kaththi is the second biggest grosser of 2014.
- Velai Illa Pattathaari starring Dhanush is a Rajinisque film with a perfect mix of comedy, music and heroism. Movies like this always can bring the youth to theaters with no trouble. The team did extremely well to give a good entertainer resulting a block-buster.
- Veeram starring Ajith is an old fashioned mass film made with high voltage mass scenes which can electrify the fans to the core.
- Lingaa directed by KS Ravikumar might have not satisfied Super Star’s fans still… the heavy initial collection and the second and third week family audience made it to be the biggest grosser of 2014.
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