Tamil cinema has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts in the last decade. Our films are characterized by their own uniqueness and an unparalleled sense of humour and an ability to stay rooted even while taking inspirations from other film industries and international cinemas.
In this recent era, Tamil cinema stands out among the others because we give preference to the story and innovative plot and we are no more getting obsessed with the star cast or the grandeur sets on the screen. These young directors has given a way to experiment in a variety of genres without the support of big stars and well known production houses.
Apart from Enakkul Oruvan and Papanasam (as they are a remake version from Kannada and Malayalam) the other films like Soodhu Kavvum, Kaaviyathalaivan, Nadula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanum, Thoongavanam, Kochadaiiyaan, Pizza, Madras, Thani Oruvan and many other movies ( the list goes long actually ) was definitely a master piece and a mind blowing one. And there have been a few other innovative attempts as well.
Movies likes Pizza, Kadhalil Sodhapuvathu Eppadi, Soodhu Kavvum, Madras, NKPK all was directed by new comer directors and with almost zero star cast, tasting some commercial success, and the market and audiences has started welcoming more such honest and fresh attempts.
I reckon this trend was originally started with the inception of Shankar’s S Picture and Prakash Raj’s Duet Movies and now it continues with Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films who is producing some really brilliant movies like National Award Winning movie Kakka Muttai and his latest release Visaranai which earn many applauses from the national audiences.
So while acknowledging the fact that the quality of Tamil Cinema has improved a lot in the past few years, and producing quite a few bunch of original and innovative movies, I would say, we still haven’t reach the notch above all the other regional cinemas in India, as Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali and Kannada.
There is still a lot of ground to cover.
Rubini Shetty (@RubiniShetty) twitter handle.