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Our Picks from Q4 2016 : Tamil Films

The last quarter of the year, for all practical purposes over the last few years, is an extended one going by the latest trend of movies releasing in the last couple of weeks in December. Such schedules have gone on to become a film editor’s nightmare who would otherwise have his/her list prepared in time for the New Year’s Eve. Precisely for that reason, we have our last quarter’s coverage extended to the week before Pongal.

Over this extended quarter, there were two grand festivals – The Navarathiri week that was lit up by the Remo, Rekka, Devi trio followed by Deepavali, which, despite the lack of a huge star film release, clicked with the release of Dhanush’s Kodi that surprised us with its meaty role on offer for the female lead! Gautham’s reunion with Simbu in AYM was the big release in November & with the Chennai Sharks’ reunion in Venkat Prabhu’s Chennai-28 II early in December, the holiday mood got set in advance. The year ended on a fine note with 21 year old Karthick Naren’s Dhuruvangal 16 coming literally out of nowhere and knocking the viewers over with its presentation.

2017 might be that year, after years, when films of all the four big stars in Kollywood might have a release. Which 4 are we talking about?! We will leave that to your imagination. On that note, let’s head to give one last good-bye to 2016 with our picks from its last quarter.

Kodi (October 28, 2016)


150 min

  • U Rated
  • Directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
  • Music by Santhosh Narayanan
  • Shot by Venkatesh S
  • Edited by Prakash Mabbu
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The lead actor in a double role and two lead ladies in the cast would have normally wound up as an usual commercial fare, but Kodi transcends these limitations and reaps the benefits of pitting the lead lady on par with the lead actor. With a rarely explored set of political characterizations brought to life on screen, the good music and well-knit screenplay which works for most of the time is just enough to keep it flying past the pitfalls and land in our picks for the quarter!
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Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (November 11, 2016)

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Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada

Gautham Menon's tryst with breezy romantic dramas continues with Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada with everything going in favor of the movie in the first half where bright cinematography, lovely songs and brilliant dialogues run rampant. The impact it creates is so vivid that despite a disastrous changeover at halftime and probably a bizarre ending, all is not lost and the experience is still something we don't mind going through one more time!
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130 min

  • U Rated
  • Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon
  • Music by A. R. Rahman
  • Shot by Dan Macarthur
  • Edited by Anthony Gonsalves

Saithan (December 1, 2016)

147 min

  • U/A Rated
  • Directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
  • Music by Vijay Antony
  • Shot by Pradeep Kalipurayath
  • Edited by Veera Senthil Raj
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With a string of films that are unique in the mainstream space, Vijay Antony has his own brand of cinema right now. In his latest film, Saithan as well he has made sure to stick to the similar style of plot whilst also making an attempt to morph in a larger-than-life star within the scope of the script. In spite of having some loopholes with respect to logic, Saithan, with its intriguing plot and strong supporting characters, takes a deserving place among our picks of this quarter.
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Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings (December 9, 2016)

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Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings

The expectation was sky high for this sequel to Venkat Prabhus first movie that was a huge hit with no known face in the cast. He managed to retain most of the cast from the original with valuable additions like Vaibhav and has skillfully adapted the story to suit the stars, some of them like Jai have now become. A proper sequel that recreates the magic of the predecessor with yet another light-hearted entertainer that simply transforms on to the screen, the fun and camaraderie between the cast!
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99 min

  • U Rated
  • Directed by Venkat Prabhu
  • Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Shot by Rajesh Yadav
  • Edited by Praveen K. L.

Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (December 29, 2016)

139 min

  • U/A Rated
  • Directed by Karthick Naren
  • Music by Jakes Bejoy
  • Shot by Sujith Sarang
  • Edited by Sreejith Sarang
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Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru

Even taking the age of the filmmaker, Karthik Naren, out of the equation, ‘Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru’ is a humdinger of a crime thriller with smart writing and staging that will baulk even experienced writer-directors. While the impact gets reduced because of the lack of recognizable faces in the film, Rahman excels in the role of protagonist and the exquisite sound design guarantees a riveting theatrical experience. Coming across such a scintillating debut that has delighted critics & audiences alike is a rarity in Tamizh cinema.
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