Tamil Cinema — A delectable spread of Tamil blockbusters

Apart from Bollywood Indian filmmaking industry in Tamil-language is equally popular. Based in Chennai, India, Tamil cinema has had a profound effect on other filmmaking industries of India. Tamil films from India have established a global presence in the last decade through distribution to an ever-increasing number of overseas theatres, including Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, parts of Africa, Europe, Canada, North America and other countries. Unlike Bollywood, Tamil movies revolve around ordinary Indians where the scenes are set in marketplaces, people’s homes and simply on the street. In other words, they are more close to daily reality than their Bollywood counterparts.

In this context, IPTV provides packages that offer some mind-boggling choices in Tamil.  IPTV channel showcases Tamil movies, which include classics that induce nostalgia as well as new blockbusters, in addition to serials, game shows, super-hit songs from all eras, and educational programs.

  1. Maari (2015)

Tamil blockbuster Maari starring Dhanush, Kajal Agarwal and Robot Shankar is an exhilarating experience for an ordinary viewer to just sit back and enjoy the entertainer. The story is simple to follow. The story of the movie is set in a slum, where Maari as Dhanush, is a small-time thug whose heart is in pigeon racing. Maari has completely overshadowed his rival Ravi, played by Gopi to become the go-to guy for a bigger don, Velu Annan, played by Shanmugarajan. It is conveyed that eight years back, Maari had murdered another powerful don in that area, after which he took over as a local don.

When Arjun, played by Vijay Yesudas, a cunning police inspector, gets transferred to the area, he tries to collect enough proof to put Maari behind the bars. He is determined to crack an age-old murder that happens to be the one that gave Maari his fearsome reputation. He sought the help of Kajal, who has her own reasons to hate the don. Maari returns from jail but realizes that his area is now under the control of Arjun. Dhanush has infused the character with life, while Kajal as Sridevi is looking awesome in the movie. The action-packed scenes are very popular among the viewers. It is interesting to watch – what happens next? The huge blockbuster also has a sequel Maari 2, which was released in 2018.

  1. Raja Rani (2013)

Director Atlee Kumar’s debut movie Raja Rani is a beautiful romantic love story under the home production of AR Murugadoss. The Tamil movie revolves around the love stories of the couples who decided to marry against their wishes just to appease their near and dear ones. The movie stars Arya, Nayantara, Jai and Nazriya Nazim in key roles. The movie underlines the belief that there is love after love failure and most importantly, ‘there is life after love failure’.

Atlee has ably handled a pure romantic film with so many seasoned actors on board and joins the list of promising directors to have made their debut in 2013. Jai’s meek and timid character complements Nayanthara’s bold and daring one, while the fun and bubbly Nazriya and Arya make a great combination. Nayanthara looks gorgeous throughout and has given an outstanding performance. Arya and Santhanam are entertaining. Sathyaraj, Santhanam and Sathyan have done complete justice in their supporting roles. Made in Tamil, the movie was dubbed in Telugu and was remade in Odia as well as Bengali.

  1. Vishwaroopam (2013)

Directed by Kamal Hassan, Vishwaroopam is one of the biggest Tamil blockbusters of 2013. The story is about an odd pair of Bharatha Natyam dance master Vishwanath played by Kamal Hasan and nuclear oncologist Dr. Nirupama played by Pooja Kumar, struggling on with their marital life in New York. Nirupama hires a private detective to find flaws in Vishwanath which she can quote as a reason to get divorced. The story takes a twist where it is revealed that Vishwanath has a shocking flashback related to terrorism in Afghanistan. Rahul Bose as Omar is a terrorist handling a militant outfit that planned a nuclear bomb blast in New York.

Who is Vishwanath? What is his connection with Al-Qaeda? How is Omar’s terror plot connected with Vishwanath? All this form the rest of the story. The action sequences, cinematography, CGI and especially the portions of Afghanistan make the film comparable with a Hollywood blockbuster. Kamal Hassan deserves bouquets as he dominates the entire film with different avatars, which gives him an opportunity to showcase his versatility. The film ends by announcing the sequel, which will be set in India.

  1. Maan Karate (2014)

Written and directed by Thirukumaran, Maan Karate is a Tamil sports comedy film. Produced by AR Murugadoss and P. Madhan, it stars Sivakarthikeyan, Hansika Motwani, and Vamsi Krishna, with Sayaji Shinde, Sathish, Shaji Chen, Preethi Shankar, Ashwathy Ravikumar, Rajesh Gopalan, and Vinu Karthik in supporting roles. While the soundtrack and background score has been composed by Anirudh Ravichander, M. Sukumar has handled the cinematography.

Sivakarthikeyan plays the role of Peter from Royapuram, Chennai, who is in love with Yazhini, played by Hansika. He poses as a boxer to woo her, as Yazhini happens to be a sports lover. In his efforts to prove his love for Yazhini, Peter has to win a boxing competition. Peter knows nothing of boxing and manages to win against his opponents with the help of a technique called Maan Karate (Deer Karate). In the final of the championship, he has to fight against the defending boxing champion, also named Peter played by Vamsi Krishna and who wins the championship forms the crux of the story. This Tamil blockbuster is a mix and match of fantasy, romance, comedy and drama. Critics have applauded Sivakarthikeyan’s performance, Sukumar’s camera work, Anirudh’s background scores and Aswin’s editing.

  1. Thuppakki (2012)

Thuppakki is a Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by AR Murugadoss. Produced by Kalaippuli S. Thanu, it stars Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal, with Sathyan, Vidyut Jammwal and Jayaram in supporting roles. The plot revolves around an Indian Army (Vijay) officer who witnesses and barely manages to escape a bomb blast executed by a sleeper cell. He takes up the challenge and is on a  mission to track, destroy, and deactivate a sleeper cell. The movie was predominantly shot in Mumbai, with two song sequences shot in Bangkok and Switzerland. Harris Jayaraj has composed the music, and Santosh Sivan has handled the cinematography.

The film faced several controversies, including protests from fringe Islamic fringe groups, due to the objectionable portrayal of Islamic community in the film. The movie had received positive reviews and was a major blockbuster. It has received seven Filmfare Awards South nominations in Tamil, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Vijay. The film has also won numerous awards, including the Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards for Vijay in the Best Actor category. The movie was remade in Bengali as Game and in Hindi as Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty.

  1. Velaikkaran (2017)

Written and directed by Velaikkaran is a Tamil action thriller. The film stars Sivakarthikeyan, Fahadh Faasil, and Nayanthara in lead roles while Prakash Raj, Sneha, Sathish, Mahesh Manjrekar, Thambi Ramaiya, RJ Balaji, Vijay Vasanth, Robo Shankar, and Rohini play supporting roles. Anirudh Ravichander has composed the film’s music, while the cinematography has been done by Ramji. Produced by R. D. Raja, the movie is based on a sales executive named Arivu (Sivakarthikeyan) who fights against food adulteration committed by high-class companies.

Velaikkaran is a morality-ridden, hard-hitting tale that is centered on the lives of blue-collared workers and their employers. It is commendable that the detailing that has gone into making audiences understand the concepts of marketing, understanding consumer dynamics, supply, and demand in the simplest manner. In an author-backed role, he graduates to the next level in his performance and he shatters the comedian stamp and gives his career-best performance as he steps out of his comfort zone of comedy and plays a serious and emotional role. Fahadh Faasil complements Siva very well and steals the thunder in the second half.

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