Top 15 Tamil Films Of 2019

Posted on December 24, 2019


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In order of release date, here are the year’s most interesting and memorable films, from ‘Peranbu’ to ‘Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu’ (and excluding films releasing in the last weekend of December).

Was there a ‘trend’ this year? I can’t say for sure. Maybe we can point to heroines finally finding roles of substance in big-star vehicles. Maybe we can point to the mainstream-isation of high-concept films like ‘Super Deluxe’ and ‘Aadai’ and ‘Game Over’ and ‘Oththa Seruppu’! Or maybe the ‘trend’, this year, is simply that there’s no defining, overarching trend – and that the mix of movies below indicates that Tamil cinema found space for much inventiveness and variety, from the ultra-commercial to the offbeat.

1.Peranbu: Ram appears to have expended all his angst on his globalisation trilogy (Kattradhu Thamizh, Thanga Meengal, Taramani), and Peranbu is his quietest, gentlest, least angry film: a moving drama about a father (Mammootty) whose life revolves around a daughter (Sadhana) with cerebral palsy. The first half of Peranbu is set in the middle of nowhere, and in the midst of nature. In the second half, the film moves away from this Eden, to the city. Paradise is truly lost — and the filmmaking conveys this beautifully. Ram’s films have always displayed love for his protagonists. In Peranbu, we sense much love for the medium, too.

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