• Sandeep Chandrasekar

Best Tamil Movies of 2019

In this article, I’ll be talking about the tamil movies which impressed me to a great extent to write an article dedicated to them. I'll be mentioning five movies in this article and my opinions need not always be correct and the best. The movies are listed in chronological order. So let's get started!

Super Deluxe which released in March starring Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Samantha, Ramya Krishnan and Mysskin directed by Thiyagarajan Kumararaja grabbed my attention not for the actors, but for the screenwriting and direction. It’s one of those Tamil movies which focuses more on the craft of filmmaking rather than entertaining the audience. There is gradual shift in the industry to films which embody the craft rather than giving silly entertainers just for the sake of entertaining the audience.

When I first saw Nerkonda Paarvai, I felt that it was a splendid movie with a social message. The story is adapted from a Hindi film (Pink) and the director H Vinoth is a master in writing his own script. Given the task of doing a remake of a film like Pink with a star like Ajith is a huge responsibility as well as a risk. But, Vinoth must be applauded for sticking to the original script. The performances of the actors in the film are what made it special for me.

Then came the film that held me aback for weeks. It was Oththa Seruppu Size 7. I regret not writing a dedicated review for this work of art. The first thought that came to my mind when I watched Oththa Seruppu was how a person could direct a film with several characters and emotions with just one character being shown on the screen. The person who crafted this amazing film is R Parthiban. Conceptualising such a story with this style of direction and writing is the biggest challenge for a movie like this. Forget Parthiban’s incredible performance in the film and focus on the other elements. There is genius work in every department to make you look in awe at the end of the film; art direction, sound engineering, perfectly timed voiceovers, camera work, background score and masterclass writing and direction to accompany all this. Watching this in the theatre was the biggest blessing.

We got a Vetrimaaran film in less than one year of his previous release in October. It’s Asuran starring Dhanush, Manju Warrier and Pasupathy. Like any other Vetrimaaran film, its raw, gritty with lots of violence. But that’s not the highlight of it. It’s about a father who tries to protect his son in adverse situations. Dhanush’s acting is top class and there’s no doubt about it. The score by GV Prakash was one of the best things in the film without which it wouldn’t have been effective. There’s a lot to talk about the in the film so I’m not going to dive into it much. 

On Diwali we got two blockbuster films one which made it to my list. I already wrote a detailed review on that and its none other than Kaithi. So if you want to know why it made my list you can check out that review. But I do have reasons why Bigil didn’t quite make the cut. I agree it’s a big budget film but not all big budget films are good films. I won’t say its messed up but the writing is pretty bad that they couldn’t give a proper finish to the main villain. It’s hard to understand why Jackie Shroff was in the film in the first place. There are more instances like this in the film; this being the positives of the great films of 2019 I’m not going to go into all those details. 

So these five films which released in 2019 really took me for a ride and I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of them. They are special in their own way and will be remembered for years to come.