It is again time to look back at the year that has just gone by. As many as 204 Tamil films released in 2016. Of these, some were bad, some were just about alright, some others were good but a select few were exceptional.
SouthScope presents to you some of these exceptional movies that won both audiences’ and critics’ hearts.
Visaaranai: This riveting film, written and directed by Vetrimaaran based on a novel by M Chandrakumar, left viewers moved and industry experts impressed. Dinesh, Samuthirakani and Anandhi, who played the lead, came up with some sterling performances to breathe life into this thriller that showcased police brutality and corruption that is rampant even in this day and age. A grim, engaging film, Visaaranai had class stamped all over it from start to finish and therefore makes it to our list of fine films.
Pichaikkaran: One of the finest movies to have ever been made, Pichaikkaran stresses on the significance of compassion and kindness and also on the love a son has for his mother. Director Sasi, who admitted that the film was based on the real life story of an industrialist, made an overwhelming impact with this film in which Vijay Antony came up with a classy performance. The story is about a wealthy industrialist, who, in a bid to save his ailing mother, opts to live the life of a beggar. Some brilliant narration, superlative performances and scintillating music all combined to ensure this film won the hearts of audiences.
Joker: Probably the most refreshing film to have been made in 2016, Joker came as a breath of fresh air in an industry that had long forgotten the art of making a political satire. Sharp and hard hitting, Joker brought to screen the difficult lives that those in some of the most poverty stricken rural areas lead. The film, the story of which revolves around a poor man looking to build a toilet in his home, comes across as a tight slap to corrupt bureaucrats and politicians. Director Raju Murugan‘s story deserves as much praise as the performance of actor Guru Somasundaram who simply revels as Mannar Mannan. A gem by any standards!
Irudhi Suttru: Directed by Sudha Kongara, Irudhi Suttru is about a woman from the slums who makes her mark in the world of boxing. The film had Ritika Singh, a newcomer and a real life boxer, playing the lead along with Madhavan, who played her boxing coach. Irudhi Suttru stood out for its neat screenplay and tight editing. This inspiring tale won audiences and critics’ hearts alike and therefore makes the cut.
Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum: One of the most truly entertaining films to have been made in 2016, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum tells the story of a good-at-heart rowdy-sheeter and the wonderful relationship he shares with a
girl from the IT industry. Both Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian do complete justice to their roles in this romantic drama with realistic action. The humorous manner in which the story is told and the gentle pace at which the plot moves, makes the film a thorough entertainer. But even as it entertains, it also sub-consciously smashes perceptions that those without good qualifications need not necessarily be bad and that appearances can be deceptive. A classy film and definitely one for the collector’s list!
Aandavan Kattalai: This one is nothing but a masterpiece! Aandavan Kattalai, through the characters played by Vijay Sethupathi and Yogi Babu, tells the story of how those from the rural areas looking to go abroad in the hope of making money often get misled by touts at passport offices. The movie, in its own unassuming and humourous way, puts across the point that honesty, even in today’s world, is the best policy. Director Manikandan scores yet again with this fantastic film that doesn’t indulge in blaming anybody but only serves as a mirror to the happenings in society.
Vetrivel: Like most other Sasikumar films, this one too entertained audiences thoroughly and even as it did so, it subtly sent out the right social messages. The film, directed by Vasantha Mani, stole hearts with the warm message that it sent out. The film’s highlight is the relationship the film’s protagonist shares with a girl he chooses to marry as a result of circumstances. A simple, heart warming tale that makes one leave with a smile.
Dharmadurai: This film by National Award winner Seenu Ramasamy showcased the life of doctors serving in the rural areas like no other Tamil film had ever had. Vijay Sethupathi, who played a doctor for the first time, was ably supported by Tamannaah, Aishwarya Rajesh and Srushti Dange in this film, which, in its own gentle way, showcased societal problems and the silent transformation that is now happening even in rural parts.The film was totally accepted by the masses. No wonder then that it completed a 100 days at the box office.
Kuttrame Thandanai: This crime thriller by director Manikandan caught the attention of both audiences and film buffs for its brilliant story and the gripping manner in which it was narrated. Further adding to its strength, were the delightful performances of Vidarth, Rahman, Aishwarya Rajesh and Pooja Devariya. The film is about a witness to a crime, who is fast losing his vision. A gripping crime thriller this!
Manithan: This Ahmed-directed film, which had Udhayanidhi Stalin and Hansika Motwani in the lead, was the Tamil remake of the Hindi hit Jolly LLB. Despite being a remake, Ahmed managed to capture the true spirit of this film in which a lawyer chooses to stand up for the weak and fight for the truth.