2013 was better than 2012 in terms of releases and hits. The small movie surprises were usual and some of the expected movies became blockbusters. There were copycats,some worthy inspirations and of course duds from experienced directors. 2013 was also bad for Kollywood with respect to the lives it took away. Vaali, TMS, PB Sreenivas, Raghuram, Manjula, Manivannan and many more talented actors and technicians left us. May all their souls rest in peace.
There were 149 movies that released (2 of them were overseas productions) out of which I watched 69 movies. Out of which, I could review only 28 movies on my blog. Onayum Aatukutiyum, Thalaimuraigal, Vidiyum Munn were the top rated movies of 2013 on my blog. I am happy to announce that review of Onayum Aatukutiyum got the most number of views this year – 1221. For once, I am super excited that a brilliant movie's review was read the most. Vishwaroopam, Arrambam and Singam II raked in big numbers while movies like Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, Soodhu Kavvum, Ethir Neechal, Vanakkam Chennai, Raja Rani, Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya and Pandianaadu proved to be good value for money flicks this year.
Karthi was the most unsuccessful actor this year with 2 duds and we don't know the complete fate of Biriyani too. Alex Pandian and All in all Azhaguraja were unbearable. Sivakarthikeyan became a bankable actor this year with Ethir Neechal and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam. Nayanthara became the comeback of the year with Raja Rani and Arrambam. Ajith once again became darling of producers with his blockbuster Arrambam and surprisingly for an action flick it didn't have a smoking or a drinking scene. A good thought from the director and actor.
One disturbing trend in Kollywood was the political interventions that marred couple of movies. While Vishwaroopam became a blockbuster, Thalaiva ended in the drench except for overseas collections. Hope this doesn't become a trend in 2014 too. The small movie revolution became better this year. Movies like Soodhu Kavvum, Haridas, Moodar Koodam, Vidiyum Munn, Kalyana Samayal Saadham and Vizha were pretty impressive. Hope more debut directors take the mantle in 2014. Experience directors like Manivannan, R.Sundarrajan and Bharathiraja failed to fascinate their audience. In fact Chitharayil Nilachoru was unbearable inspire of some wonderful music from Raaja. Manivannan would not have liked Nagaraja Chozhan MA MLA as his last movie. Will 2014 be any different for the experienced? Let's wait and watch.
Now for the most exciting part
Top 5 movies of 2013
The list is made solely by me and the rankings are based on my observations and reviews. The box office success isn't considered as a criteria.
Although inspired by a Hollywood flick, this movie is our top 5 list for the brilliant direction, acting and wonderful depiction of Chennai's dark side
Original. Fascinating. Promising. Nalan Kumaraswamy has taken the movie world by storm.
I didn't get the chance to review this movie as I saw it later. But this movie surprised me with the way it handled autism. Although the storyline is inspired by a Korean movie, it was grounded and realistic that matched our culture. Kishore's acting was mind blowing while Sneha and Prithviraj Das made it better. Haridas will make you see special children in a different light, accept your problems as a parent and be realistic unlike the other venerated idiocies.
Balu Mahendra showed how to make a movie. Period.
Mysskin's vengeance as I called it. This vengeance was sweet. One of the best movies in recent times. Thanks to Vijay TV, more people have a chance to watch it.
Movies that missed the cut
1. Kalyana Samayal Saadham
2. Endrendrum Punnagai
6 movies from 2013 that you should give a try
Due to various reasons, we don't watch certain movies. Probably reviews would have trashed, lack of big actors or would have just disappeared without trace. So here are the 5 movies from 2013 that you can give a try.
1. Naan Rajavaga Pogiren
When I watched this movie, I immediately exclaimed on Facebook that this is the Thadayara Thakka of 2013. Indeed it is. A movie about a guy searching for his look alike in Chennai ends up in a brilliant twist.
The documentation of Veerappan's execution. Although skewed towards the police side, the second half clearly depicts the master planning of TN Police especially Vijayakumar. A worthy thriller.
3. Madhil Mel Poonai
Extremely gory thriller about a couple haunted by 4 guys. The level of violence might surprise you but the reality is stranger than fiction. You would not find a normal heroine in the movie, Vibha Natrajan's portrayal of Divya is remarkable.
4. 6 candles
VZ Durai was one of my favourite directors. I consider Mugavari as one of the best movies in Tamil cinema. 6 candles gives a peek in to the dreadful child trafficking scenario in the country. A father's struggle to find his 6 yr old boy but the only problem this movie had was bad casting. Somehow, Shaam didn't suit the role.
A love story between a boy who plays “Thappu” during funerals and a girl who sings oppari. Do you want any other reason to try this movie?
6. Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara
I don't think this movie deserved the drubbing that it got in the media. Be it Sumar Moonji Kumar and Romba Sumar Moonji Kumar's escapades or Pasupathi's brilliant body language, this movie was truly hilarious for me. Give it a try.
Best Songs/Albums of 2013
Interestingly, even some of the music reviewers don't take background scores in to consideration for best albums of 2013. I don't know why. But I do.
I haven't considered movies that haven't been released yet. Don't comment on the post asking why I haven't added Kochadaiyaan's teaser music.
1. “Walking through life and death” and “Somebody loves us all” (Ilaiyaraaja) – Truly, the whole album of Onayum Aatukutiyum is a master piece – if you still haven't listen to those soul stirring pieces, rethink your music preferences.
2. Adiye (Kadal, AR Rahman) – I got hooked to this song when I listened to it for the first time but after watching the movie, I haven't heard it again. Strictly only for the songs – my other favourite is Moongil Thottam
3. Anandha Yazhai Meetugiral (Thanga Meenkal, Yuvan Shankar Raja) – although I don't like the movie, this soul stirrer is hard to miss
4. Sudden Delight and Kasu Panam Duddu (Soodhu Kavvum, Santhosh Narayanan) – The first became a ringtone for many and the second became one of the most murmured song in Tamil.
5. Parkathe Parkathe and Oodha Kalaru Ribbon (Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, Imman)
6. Oh Penne Penne and Osaka Osaka (Vanakkam Chennai, Anirudh)
7. Kathirundhai Anbe (Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham, Prem Kumar)
8. Prayer Song (Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara, Siddharth Vipin)
9. Mella Sirithai (Kalyana Samayal Saadham, Arrora) – probably the best picturised song of the year
10. Aaha Kaadhal, Padapadakuthu Maname, Kadhal Endhan Kadhal (Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal, Yuvan Shankar Raja) – yup, movie is not that great, but this album is most underrated of the year.
Just missed, Pistah from Neram
Hope you liked the list. Happy new year to all those people who strive to entertain us every year. Wish there are less losses and more hits in 2014.