Shobha Warrier in Chennai
2013 saw films with different and interesting themes. While a majority stuck to the time-tested formula, some interesting films were made in 2013 by new filmmakers.
Here are the best Tamil films of 2013.
Director: Nalan Kumarasamy
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Sanchita Shetty
Out-of-the-box, path-breaking, different, daring…Nalan Kumarasamy's Soodhu Kavvum deserves all these adjectives.
A film like this has not been made in Tamil before.
Everything about the film was different: the story, the dark humour, dialogues, treatment and above all the performance of Vijay Sethupathi.
A brilliant effort.
Another edge-of-the-seat thriller from the director of Chithiram Pesuthedi, Anjatheand Yudham Sei and Nandalala.
The film is dark in all senses as the entire story happens in one night in Chennai. It talks of some very pertinent issues including capital punishment.
Onaiyum Aatukuttiyum is Mysskin's best film so far.
Cast: Ram, Baby Sadhana
It took director Ram seven years to make his second film, after his highly appreciated Kathrathu Thamizh.
And he didn't disappoint. Thanga Meenkal, about the bond between a father and daughter is a poignant tale narrated in brilliant fashion.
It was the only Tamil film selected for the Indian panorama at IFFI, Goa.
It was also screened at the International Children's Film Festival in Children's World, a non-competitive section.
Director: Balaji K Kumar
Cast: Pooja Umashankar, Malavika Manikkuttan
Inspired by a British crime thriller, Vidiyum Munn is directed by a newcomer. But never once is this apparent.
The film narrates the story of a sex worker who tries to save a little girl from being dragged into prostitution, and about the four men chasing them.
An excellent thriller that unfolds in the course of a day.
Director: G N R Kumaravelan
Cast: Kishore, Sneha, Master Prithviraj
Another film with an unusual theme: the touching story of a father and his autistic son.
The film should be seen for the misconceptions it explodes about autism.
Kalyana Samayal Saadham
Director: Prasanna RS
Cast: Prasanna, Lekha Washington
This is not a film that you expect in Tamil. In his debut film, Prasanna R.S shows exemplary courage in making a film on a young man who discovers that he suffers from erectile dysfunction a few days before his marriage.
Prasanna showed maturity in handling such a tricky subject without letting it become crude or vulgar.
Kalyana Samayal Saadham dealt with a serious issue in an entertaining way, and there lies its success.