Hits and misses of 2018 – Tamil
Tamil cinema has had its fair share of good films and not-so-good films in 2018. Some of the best films arrived in the second half of the year and featured some of the biggest stars. While Rajinikanth had two releases, Kamal Haasan featured in one movie. While some films were disappointing, others won much appreciations. Here’s a list hits and misses of 2018.
What happens when you decide to make a comedy where the lead character who suffers from memory retention and is always forgetful? It is meant to produce good comedy, isn’t it? But director Santosh P. Jayakumar, Ghajinikanth’s was a film for the audience to watch, forget, and never forgive. With silly ‘comedy’ that’s never really funny, the film also makes a fool out of the audience by featuring the ‘dumbest written role for a heroine’. Sayesha starred as the over enthusiast ‘bubbly heroine’ of Tamil cinema, who believed anything the hero said. I was waiting for Sayyeshaa to, scream out loud and say ‘If you guys write better roles for me, I don’t have to go through this’.
Directed by Vijayachander, meant to be ‘message oriented’ film, Sketch confused itself right from the beginning by never revealing what it really wanted. It could’ve either take the ‘message route’ and being preachy right from the start, or it could’ve been an interesting. It was a pain to watch Vikram aimlessly trying to help someone, only to get stabbed. It was also a pain to get stabbed by the film later.
Director Anand Shankar’s NOTA seemed like a presentation of the Chennai’s outdated political scenario with good visuals. All the uprising and the ideology was nothing new to the Tamil audience. Even Vijay Deverakonda couldn’t save this movie.
It’s 2018, and directors/writers are okay with making jokes on rape in films! Silukuvarpatti Singam was just that. With a potential plot, the film’s idea of making it a hit included some lousy toilet humor and some overstretched scenes.
Between a stern-faced Vikram Prabhu and a blink-and-miss appearance by Hansika, Thuppakki Munai tried to deliver a ‘social message’ that was quite preachy and over-long. Sitting through the film was tough, that’s why Hansika made her exit midway, only to return in the climax of the film. Bizarre!
Directed by Mari Selvaraj, Pariyerum Perumal is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. The simple story brought out an unpredictable turn of events. Apart from it featuring a powerful performance by Kathir and other supporting artists, it moves you so much, that it’s hard not to get teary-eyed.
Director Shankar’s ambitious project and India’s most expensive film finds a place in this slot, for its sheer triumph of imagination. It was filled with grandeur, rich in VFX and brought out the best in Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar. It is India’s answer to a great superhero film.
Pyaar Prema Kaadhal
Breaking the way how roles are written for women, and rethinking the way love stories are told, director Elan’s Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is one of the most memorable films of the year. The role-reversal, the lack of self-pity by the two dazzling leads brought magic to the film. Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson can well be proud for this film.
With thrilling sequences, every few minutes and the ultimate quest to find out the identity of the villain – director Ram Kumar’s Ratsasan won big! An intriguing chase thriller like no other this year, the film had even the bravest at the edge of their seats.
Director Prem Kumar’s simple yet moving tale of two estranged lovers meeting decades at a school reunion is a film that’s hard to miss. With Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha’s infectious charm, and terrific chemistry, the film truly stood out.
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