5 Small Films of 2015 that made big impact in Kollywood

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 Tamil cinema in 2015, witnessed a good mix of films. Right from the magnum opus film like I to a modest film like Kaaka Muttai, Kollywood cinema seemed good this year. This year also saw some new filmmakers, who managed to conceptualize and execute their films quite well. And, most of them made films that grabbed the attention of critics. Some of them went on to win National awards while others made a strong impression in the minds of the audience. And, some of these films didn’t boast of a A-list cast, or a very high-budget. We trace some of the small films that made maximum impact in 2015.

 
Kaaka Muttai
 
 
Kaaka Muttai was a simple and instantly likable film that told the story of two young children whose only aim was to taste the popular junk food – pizza. Package in multi-layered elements like politics, globalization and class-divide, without making it seem dull or boring.  This film went on to  win two National Film Awards for Best Children’s Film and Best Child Artist (Ramesh and Vignesh). Undoubtedly one of the best films of this year.
 
Kirumi
 
 
Intricate detailing, brilliant and compelling characterization, a thrilling script; director Anucharan delivered a promising debut with Kirumi. This tone of the film was entertaining, yet intense. The tight screenplay paved way for several engaging moments. Easily one of the better films of this year.
 
Kuttram Kadithal
 
 
Winner of the Nation award for best feature film, Kuttram Kadhital told the story of a young couple who face an incident that shakes up their life. Director G. Manikandan brought out a sense of realism throughout the film, shining equal light on each one of the victims. The story kept us hooked till the end. Not to forget, the charged performances by the unseasoned actors of the film.
 
Maya
 
 
Debutant Ashwin Saravanan delivered the best horror film of the year, and one of the best films in recent times. Devoid of over-the-top VFX, crass jokes and item songs, which essentially mark a commercial film; this film earned a tag As a full-fledged horror film.  A good horror film exploits elements that instill fear in people, and Maya did just that. And good performances by Nayanthara as the struggling actor and Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli as the assistant director.
 
Rajathandhiram
 
 
Rajathandhiram is a solid heist-thriller, that turned out to be one of the best surprises of the year. The superb production quality and the taut screenplay sans the melodrama makes this a thrilling film. The well-planned robbery scene in this con-caper was original and intriguing. Directed by A. G. Amid this film was an unconventional entertainer.
 

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