Watching movies in theatres is always a cherished experience. This is one of the few moments when life throws some surprises at you. And for cinephiles, this surprise unfolds in form of movies. Like every year, several films released in Tamil cinema. Amidst some incredible films came some terrible ones as well. Sit back and grab some popcorn as we take you on our list of best and worst Tamil films of the year 2014.
[The films are listed in no particular order]
1. Goli Soda
Who would’ve thought that a bunch of kids could carry a film on their shoulders? Racy, thrilling and engaging; Goli Soda that released in early 2014, had everyone raving about it, due to it’s stellar performance and story. This film won our hearts with its incredibly good vs. evil plot. It also proved to us that a film can fare well even without a big star.
It’s a man-eats-man world out there and there is no escaping it! And Karthik Subbaraj‘s Jigarthanda focused on this harsh reality. Set against the busy city of Madurai, the film brought to life one of the best characters in the history of Tamil cinema – Assaltu Sethu aka Bobby Simha. Supported by Santhosh Narayan’s solid musical score, Sidharth’s underplayed performance and a gripping plot, Jigarthanda is truly a cult classic.
Ever wondered if a wall could serve as a subject for a movie? Pa.Ranjith utilized his power of fantastic filmmaking skills and gave us a movie that revolved around the politics behind a wall. With some great music, shocking twists, this gritty thriller captured the essence of North Madras in a way that it surprised many.
4. Sathuranga Vettai
Scam and heist make great themes for a film, and Tamil cinema has witnessed several films of this genre. Sathuranga Vettai is one gem in this genre. Although melodrama was a tad-too high in this film, the interesting one-liners stood out in this edge-of the seat thriller.
Vasanthabalan proved everybody wrong by delivering a spectacular visual and musical masterpiece with, Kaaviya Thalaivan. With exuberant and startling performances by Siddharth and Prithiviraj, the film transported the viewer into a magical era. Moreover, A.R. Rahman’s sensational periodic music brought this poetry to life.
Promoting the film with Vijay Sethupathi as the main lead is the biggest trick the makers played on the audience. And that left us betrayed! Using a social-issue and making it seem like it’s a mess, is basically the plot of this movie. Plus, D. Imman’s music was wasted in this suspense-drama.
2. Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal
Santhanam and Udhayanidhi’s crackling combination made Ok Ok a run-away hit, but the duo couldn’t repeat the magic in the their second film Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal. A script filled with melodrama and boring jokes failed to connect with the audience. Plus, the long run time made us realise that patience is definitely a virtue.
No amount of money and no amount of time could possibly justify why this film was made. Using a star power like Surya, the film tried to be an action-thriller and failed miserably. With a bromance, no romance and a baseless story resulted in director Lingusamy receiving several hate messages and also bagging the title of the most-trolled personality on the internet. Let’s not forget that a tooth-pick and Surya’s fake hair extensions, were the best-supporting stars in this movie.
Sluggish screenplay, rehearsed performances and to top it all a plagiarised story! Yaan is the most uninteresting film of the year. Filmmakers need to realize that glossy visual content cannot substitute a terrible story. We can’t help but feel sorry for the good-looking and talented actor Jiiva whose acting potential was wasted in this disaster.
5. Thirumanam ennum Nikkah
Two Hindus become Muslims to fall in love with each other and split for undisclosed reasons. And then you realize you’ve been cheated! Along with a blotchy story that brought out wrong religious ideologies, this film was a mess from start to end. The only passable factor was Ghirbran’s soulful music.
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