Recent Tamil Films Trendsetting move on Indian cinema

20 May

Being a film critic, as been tagged by my well wishers after started writing world movie reviews, i am happy to share this topic as i felt its the right time too. Even though watching movies of various languages which tempts me to learn more about  the people, places, culture, customs and the technical aspects etc.,Tamil films are close to my heart. Obviously i have grown up seeing those and i admire it since the  golden old ones.

Some more interesting facts before moving towards the topic like, so far eight Tamil films have been selected and officially submitted to the Oscars representing India which tops next to Hindi films. Those are (1969)Deiva Magan,(1987) Nayagan,(1990) Anjali,(1992) Thevar Magan,(1995) Kuruthipunal,(1996) Indian(1998)Jeans,(2000) Hey Ram.There are three Indian movies selected by the Time Magazine’s top 100 movies list. Tamil flick Nayagan is one among them.The Other two were Satyajit Ray’s(Appu triology-Pather Panchali,Aparajito,and Apur Sansar)(Bengali) and Pyaasa(Hindi).Also Roja been named one among top 10 Best Soundtracks in the world  by the Time Magazine.

In the Indian Cinema  the once dominated Malayalam and Bengali films among other regional languages for its finest quality,critically acclaimed along with some box office hits.Especially the Malayalees and Bengalees welcomed those script base quality movies as huge audience and its their tastes too.They have dominated the Indian Cinemas next to the huge  audience of Hindi Cinema Industry for decades.Now i feel and witness its the turn for the Tamil films trendsetting move which proves its growth  and shines towards a healthy path consistently like never before .

So i  thought of taking  tamil films of past decade for the analysis here. Before going to that, I still remember when i was studying in school people talked more about the climax of the 1997 release of Fazil’s Kadhalukku Mariyadhai. The movie became a  huge hit.Later following it some mainly climax based films were made and few of them were success too.In the same year Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar hitted the screen. Though it was not a commercial success, it got critically acclaimed  for its technical aspects and for the powerful script and its casts.Then in 1999 a huge surprise came to the tamil audience through movie Sethu.The film was both commercial hit and critically acclaimed. Reports are that Vikram missed out his National Film  Award for Best Actor by a single vote to Mohanlal for the Malayalam movie Vanaprastham. Though he lost, it made a good start for Vikram for his future career and later he won the national award for Pithamagan in 2004. Tamil  audience hoped for a successor to Kamal Hasan then.The same year Santosh Sivan’s The Terrorist is a huge critically acclaimed one to be mentioned here.

Following are the tamil films which made critical acclaim and won  accolades by the audience since the year 2000. Some of them became a trend setters for the industry. For (2000) Hey Ram, Alaipayuthey, Kandukondain  Kandukondain, Bharathi, Rhythm, (2001) kutty, Aanandham (2002) Azhagi, Kannathil Muthamittal, Nanba Nanba (2003) Anbe Sivam, Iyarkai, Pithamagan (2004) Autograph,7 G Rainbow Colony, Kaadhal (2005)Ram (2006) Veyyil (2007)  Paruthiveeran, Chennai 600028, Mozhi, Kalloori, Sringaram (2008) Abhiyum Naanum, Subramaniyapuram, Kanchivaram (2009) Naan Kadavul, Pasanga, Renigunta, Naadodigal (2010) Enthiran, Mynaa,  Angaadi  Theru, Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2011) Aadukalam, Yuddham Sei,  Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai, Vaagai Sooda Vaa,  Aaranya Kaandam. (2012) Vazhakku Enn 18/9….

So Its sure that the Tamil films are gaining popularity not only because of its actors,directors and other technicians great efforts they have made or by getting more number of awards both nationally and internationally, but mainly because  of the audience taste has been changed or got changed when they started welcoming Bharathi, Azhagi, Autograph , Paruthiveeran etc.Bharathi was slowely picked up by the audience whereas Azhagi, Autograph became instance hits.

Sure they were trend setters for their scripts.The main good thing now is there were more number of young and creative directors like Gnana Rajasekaran, Pandiraj, Balaji sakthivel ,Ameer, Bala, Vasanthabalan, Cheran, Vetrimaaran, Mysskin, Thankar Bachchan, Sarkunam leading the Tamil cinema on the right track,which were once done by Balachandar,Maniratnam,Bharatiraja ,Balumahendra etc.,Proud moments for the tamil industry as more Actors,directors and other technicians are getting accolades in recent years in more numbers. Wishing all the success for the tamil film industry for the near future which sure attracts the world audience towards it.


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5 responses to “Recent Tamil Films Trendsetting move on Indian cinema

  1. Vimal VG

    May 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Yes, In recent years Tamil cinema is moving on right track . In all divisions from Directors, Screenplay, Music, Dance, Actors,Cinematographers.. etc. their potential is certainly appreciated in the industry and producing the good movies.

    I will add some more recent creative directors missing on your list
    A R Murugadoss, Radha Mohan, Vishnuvardhan, AL Vijay, Sasikumar.

    But My BIG concern today is–> Politicians and political background people entering in to cinema industry on production,distributes,marketing,sales etc.
    It will leads to convert their unaccountable BLACK money turns to WHITE,
    which is not good to INDIAN economy and we should not encourage this 😦 😦
    (cinema people can enter in to politics that is different)

    Indian. (VG)


  2. rrajeshkumar

    May 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Great! Thanks for the detailed feedback.Also yes i thought of asking u guys if i missed any person on the list 🙂 Yes i agree what you said.


  3. arjun_shivaram

    September 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Just the photos of the film posters you have shared here tells me how good a fan you are of the new age Tamil cinema. It is certainly, as you feel, going through a new phase. Many talents… bringing out many topics worth filming… and that too, in a very artistically presentable way. Thanks for stopping by my blog and bringing me here!

    P.S. Aaranya Kaandam is my personal favourite!


  4. Anonymous

    May 20, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Hi Chitappa,

    Its great to read your reviews and your opinions on the film industry. And I feel that, in the recent years, its taking a bigger turn to accomplish its goal to produce more responsible and art house films. So, how about you start reviewing the recent films..


    • Rajesh kumar R

      May 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks for reminding Aadhy. Will do for latest films in future. Already planned to write review on one 80’s tamil movie Oru Indhiyak kanavu which i 2atched recently and impressed me.



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