Terrific Tamil Tales From The Busy City Streets

As the lockdown slowly eases in many cities, most of us are eagerly waiting to step out for the first time in weeks. However, it is advisable to be prudent and observe all the rules of social distancing so that we continue to flatten the curve further. Another way to keep safe is by streaming contemporary hits on your devices! Take a look at these terrific Tamil movies that should go on your watchlist right away.

Ko (2011)

In Ko, Ashwin, a photojournalist played by Jiiva befriends a passionate young social activist Vasanthan played by Ajmal who wants to make a difference in the political climate of the nation. Together, they attempt to combat the illegalities and wrongdoings in their city until Ashwin realizes that Vasanthan is not what he seems. Ko is a well-made action thriller that succeeds in holding the viewer’s attention until its culmination. Apart from the protagonists, Piah Bajpai is well cast in a good role but Karthika has precious little to do. Ko was a commercial hit and fared well in the box office.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Demonte Colony (2015)

When four inebriated friends with a fresh dose of bravado decide to visit and spend the night in a haunted bungalow in the city, they are unaware that an evil spirit has accompanied them. Demonte Colony is a tightly scripted film that delivers some genuine thrills and scares. The background score also enhances the eerie scenario to good effect. The film is directed by R Ajay Gnanamuthu who later directed the Nayanthara-Anurag Kashyap thriller Imaikka Nodigal and the yet to be released Cobra starring Vikram.

Streaming on Sun Next and SonyLIV

Aandavan Kattalai (2016)

Aandavan Kattalai is a satirical comedy starring Vijay Sethupathi, Ritika Singh, Nasser, Yogi Babu and others and was well received by audiences for its interesting narrative. Two friends from a modest background who are desperate to make a living in London, fudge some crucial details about their marital status in their passport applications. Subsequently, Gandhi Arumugam (Vijay Sethupathi) ridden by guilt goes about correcting the lies only to end up creating further complications. Aandavan Kaattalai is funny and entertaining while touching upon relevant pressures that affect young people in urban milieus today.

Streaming on Sun Next

Vishwaroopam (2013)

Written and directed by Kamal Haasan, Vishwaroopam is an espionage style thriller that packs in many visually compelling action sequences supported by a good screenplay. When a woman married to a dance master Vishwanathan in the US grows suspicious of his behaviour, she hired a detective and learns facts about his identity and past as RAW agent Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri. Also starring Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapoor, Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah, Vishwaroopam endured many controversies before release but opened to a good reception in the cinemas.

Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar

Sillu Karupatti (2019)

Sillu Karupatti is an endearing assemblage of four different love stories that are woven together beautifully to depict contemporary images of love. Directed aesthetically and sensitively by Halitha Shameen, the film follows four stories of companionship in different forms titled Pink Bag, Kaaka Kadi, Turtles and Hey Ammu. Each of these narratives portrays various forms of love between friends, lovers spouses and the like and touch a chord with the viewers for their meaningful and empathetic take on relationships today. Starring talented actors like Samuthirakani, Sara Arjun and others, the film was very well received.

Streaming on Netflix

Maanagaram (2017)

Lokesh Kanakaraj stamped his authority on the Tamil movie industry with his much-acclaimed debut Maanagaram. The film is an engaging story of characters who wade through extraordinary situations that are ultimately linked. The screenplay is taut, cohesive and ties the threads of each narrative competently. Cleverly made and executed, Maanagaram gave the filmmaker the necessary impetus to write and direct noteworthy scripts like 2019’s Kaithi.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Stay happy stay safe and stream on!

Sharanya Sankar: Mom. Bookworm. Cinephile.