The 5 Best Tamil films of 2014 so far
One positive trend of Tamil cinema that stood out these last six months is the attempt by filmmakers, both the new and the seasoned, to experiment with films of different genres.
In 2013, we had an overdose of romantic comedies; thankfully this year there has been good mix of all genres. We have been treated with horror, suspense, family drama, action, children-centered films, sports drama as well as some romance and comedies.
Though the number of successes has been relatively fewer, there have been a lot of good films breaking the conventional norms that have been welcomed by the people.
Here is a look at some of the best films of the year so far.
Director: Raju Murugan
Cast: Dinesh, Malavika Nair
Fox Star Studios' Cuckoo narrated a beautiful heartwarming tale of romance between two visually impaired individuals.
The film scored on all levels, brilliant performances, sensational music and stunning visuals.
But what made the film even more appealing was debutant director Raju Murugan's ingenious script, which chose not to arouse empathy for its characters or their disability.
Image: Dinesh and Malavika Nair in Cuckoo
Director: Santosh Sivan
Cast: S. Karan, Sugandha Ram, Saritha, Karunas
Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan's controversial film Inam was set in the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War.
Within three days of its release, the film was, however, withdrawn from theaters in Tamil Nadu due to protest from Tamil fringe groups.
The films biggest strengths were its well-written characters and the harsh truths it revealed about innocent children and everything they lost in a strife-ridden nation at the height of the war.
Image: A still from Inam
Director: Vijay Milton
Cast: Kishore, Sree Raam, Pandi and Murugesh
Vijay Milton's Goli Soda was every bit as lively and full of fizz and fun, as its title suggested.
Four youngsters played the lead with the effortless ease and spontaneity that would put many top stars to shame.
Loaded with romance, humor, action and sentiments, Goli Soda enjoyed both critical, as well as commercial success.
Image: A still from Goli Soda
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum
Director: Balaji Mohan
Cast: Dulquer Salman, Nazriya Nazim
Dulquer Salman, son of Malayalam superstar Mammootty, made an impressive debut in Tamil cinema with Director Balaji Mohan's Vaayai Moodi Pesavum.
A refreshingly different romantic comedy, the film highlighted the power of silence, successfully conveying how a lot can be said without uttering a single word.
The director's wacky sense of humor made the film even more entertaining.
Image: Dulquer Salman and Nazriya Nazim in Vaayai Moodi Pesavum
Cast: Nassar, Baby Sara Arjun
Saivam directed by Vijay of Madrasapattinam fame was a total family entertainer, which hit the screens just a couple of weeks ago.
The film was completely devoid of all commercial elements, no top stars, no unnecessary violence or bloodshed, no intense romance or melodrama, yet it appealed to all.
Saivam is just a very simple film full of fun subtly advocating vegetarianism and compassion to animals.
Image: Baby Sara Arjun and Nassar in Saivam