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.