10 Best Tamil Movies Of 2021

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Another year with Corona. Less movies in theatres. More on OTT platforms. Year ends. It’s now time to celebrate the finest movies of the year. What were the best Tamil movies of 2021?

10. “Kadaseela Biriyani” directed by Nishanth Kalidindi

Out of box. Felt as if it is directed by the assistant of Lijo Jose Pallissery. Suspenseful and hilarious. Raw and dramatic.

Starring: Vijay Ram, Hakkim Shahjahan, Vasanth Selvam and Dinesh Mani
Script: Nishanth Kalidindi and Vivekanand Kalaivanan
Director: Nishanth Kalidindi
Production Company: YNOTX

9. “Writer” directed by Franklin Jacob

A gritty and dark masterpiece police drama. And not to-be-missed – Samuthrakani’s intense performance takes the movie a step above.

Starring: Samuthirakani, Dileepan and Ineya
Script & Direction: Franklin Jacob
Music: Govind Vasantha
Cinematographer: Pratheep Kaliraja
Producer: Kalaipuli S. Thanu

8. “Doctor” directed by Nelson

After the last match, Brian Lara asked the crowd (about his own career) “Did I entertain you?”. The answer was a big yes. That is what exactly this Doctor also asking. The answer is again a big YES. An utter delight.

Starring: Sivakarthikeyan, Vinay Rai, Priyanka Arul Mohan
Script & Direction: Nelson Dilipkumar
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Producer: Sivakarthikeyan and Kotapadi J. Rajesh

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7. “Rocky” directed by Arun Matheswaran

Like a good film noir, there is a lot of tension running throughout. Everybody is after somebody. “Raththam Therikka Therikka Oru Gangster Film“. The movie is stylish and brutal. Fantastic for most of the way. Bharathiraja delivers the performance of his acting career. Vasanth Ravi is perfect as Rocky.

Starring: Bharathiraja, Vasanth Ravi, Raveena Ravi, Rohini
Script & Direction: Franklin Jacob
Warning: High on violence

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6. “Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalumdirected by Vasanth

An anthology film about three ordinary real-to-life women so beautifully bursting with the sights of life’s reality. The year’s most moving film. A precious movie with with strong performances.

Starring: Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Kalieswari Sreenivasan, Karunakaran and Sunder Ramu
Script & Direction: Vasanth
Music: Ilaiyaraaja
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
Cinematographer: Wide Angle Ravishankar and NK Ekambaram

5. “Karnan” directed by Mari Selvaraj

Despite its violence, the film received high praise and is a definite must-watch movie. While not up to the level of Mari Selvaraj’s previous Pariyerum Perumal, it was clearly engineered to be more accessible to audience.

Very nearly a perfect movie.

Starring: Dhanush, Lal, Natarajan Subramaniam, Yogi Babu and Rajisha Vijayan
Script & Direction: Mari Selvaraj
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematographer: Theni Eswar

4. “Mandela” directed by Madonne Ashwin

Downright irresistible. Mandela is a must watch satire political comedy with super duper Yogi Babu.

Starring: Yogi Babu, Sheela Rajkumar, Sangili Murugan, G. M. Sundar, George Maryan
Script & Direction: Madonne Ashwin
Music: Bharath Sankar

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3. “Sarpatta Parambarai” directed by Pa. Ranjith

Arguably the finest male performances of the year comes in this movie – Pasupathy, Arya, and John Vijay. If there is a list of best director of 2012, then again this movie and Pa. Ranjith comes on the top.

Starring: Arya, Pasupathy, John Vijay, John Kokken, Kalaiyarasan, Shabeer Kallarakkal, Dushara Vijayan
Direction: Pa. Ranjith
Script: Pa. Ranjith and Tamizh Prabha
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Editor: Selva R. K.

2. “Maanaadu” directed by Venkatprabhu

Script is the king here. It really is like nothing you’ve ever seen before in Indian cinema. A good sci-fi film with commercial elements at the same time respecting the audience’ common sense.

Starring: Silambarasan, S. J. Suryah, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Manoj Bharathiraja, S. A. Chandrasekhar, Y. G. Mahendran, Premgi Amaren, Karumakaran
Script & Direction: Venkat Prabhu
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Editor: Praveen K. L.

1. “Jai Bhim” directed by TJ Gnanavel

Love it or hate it, “Jai Bhim” and “Karnan” has instigated more discussions than any other movie released this year. If you haven’t yet seen it, make it a priority. It’s our pick for the best film of 2021.

Starring: Surya, Lijimol, Manikandan, Prakash Raj, Guru Somasundaram, Rao Ramesh, Rejisha Vijayan, Tamizh
Script & Direction: T.J. Gnanavel
Music: Sean Roldan
Producer: Jyothika and Suriya

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