Every year a variety of exciting films release in Kollywood. While some of them gain the appreciation of the audience, others gain critical acclaim, and, others just vanish without a trace. Some films are high-anticipated, mainly for the star cast the film comprises of. And, the pre-release buzz some films create automatically draw audience to cinemas. In 2015, we had a variety of films that catered to different sections of the audience. From the magnum-opus Baahubali to the humble Kaaka Muttai, good films won the attention of audience. But, 2015, saw a few disappointing films as well. We bring you a list of best and worst films of 2015.
Please Note: The films are listed in no particular order
Baahubali: The Beginning
Unarguably one of the best films of this year, director S. S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali, a Telugu-Tamil bilingual took the audience into a fictitious world,and marveled the audience with all things larger-than-life! One of the success points of this film was that the director presented an age-old story in refreshingly new manner, along with stunning VFX. This film not only won the attention of the regional audience, but also made headlines around the world; making the film’s Telugu actor Prabhas into a household name.
When a film focuses on themes such as globalization, class-divide and politics you’d expect it to be an intense social drama. But, here’s where Kaaka Muttai did something different. It brought out these concepts in a most entertaining manner. The film centered around two underprivileged children, hose wish was to eat a slice of pizza. Director M. Manikandan delivered an outstanding debut in a film that stole our hearts!
A remake of the highly successful Malayalam film Drishyam, and directed by Jeethu Joseph (director of the original film), Papanasam became a hit Tamil film. The plot and the characters were were altered to suit the local milieu. With stellar performances by Kamal Haasan, and Jethu Joseph‘s taut screenplay, this was undoubtedly the best thriller of the year.
A poetic masterpiece, Uttama Villain was a meta film which portrayed the life of superstar (Kamal Haasan) and his struggle to come in terms with the realities of life. The film shifted to two different time zones, and the audience felt like they are living through them both. The different eras were both stunning and heart-warming. It brought Indian folk art to life!
Oh Kadhal Kanmani
A new-age love story, Oh Kadhal Kanmani gave an insightful spin on concepts such as infatuation, live-in relationship and true love. The theme was fairly new to it’s otherwise conservative Tamil audience (the film was dubbed in Telugu), and yet, it managed to strike the right chord with them. Credits to the lead pairs (Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen). The magic of the film lies in defining what love means, without being preachy. Director Mani Ratnam made a sensational comeback with this film.
Mohan Raja, who was earlier known as Remake Raja (after making seven hit remakes), delivered Thani Oruvan – his most original film till date. Aravind Swamy as Siddharth Abhimanyu played the role of a stylish and suave antagonist, and made an impressive comeback. The interesting cat-and-mouse chase sequence between Jayam Ravi and Aravind Swamy had us asking for more.
In 2014, Nayanthara, Udhayanidhi and Santhanam starred in Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal, and it didn’t work at the box-office. This year, the trio reunited for Naanbenda, and the result was fairly disappointing. The dull story with its ‘silly’ twists didn’t appeal to many. The audience were expecting hilarious one-liners, but we were disappointed with the mediocre comedy. The songs of the film however, were a huge hit
A part of the Muni franchise, Kanancha 2 was director Raghava Lawrence‘s horror-comedy in 2015. Just like the other films, Kanchana 2 featured a revenge theme between a spirit and a mortal being. The audience witnessed the same formulaic film with consisted of unexciting VFX, the routine comedy and the melodramatic back-story of the ghost – offering nothing new. The film disappointed a large variety of audience, however it still managed to do good business at the box-office.
One major strength of Maari was the film’s quirky characters and funny one-liners. Dhanush‘s character of a fashionable rowdy and his punch dialogues may have become trend setter. But, that’s about it. The film was meant to idolize it’s hero, and didn’t actually boast of a solid story. It was written-off as a film strictly for Dhanush fans.
After a long delay, Silambarasan’s Vaalu was finally out in theatres. But, the film had everybody disappointed as the story of the film wasn’t worth the hype that it created. Infact, it didn’t have any solid story to offer, and seemed haphazard. The film’s only take away was Simbu’s energetic performance, but even that hindered by numerous punch lines mouthed by the actor.
Eli was a crime-comedy that was set in ’80s and starred ace comedian Vadivelu as the protagonist. But, had no comedy or the thrill that the genre promise. Dull jokes and an endless run time were few of the negative aspects of this movie. Vadivelu can make even an uninteresting film entertaining, and that’s exactly what he tried to do in Eli as well. Even the drag Queen version of Vadivelu didn’t brighten the ‘comic’ sequences.
No amount of reasoning would explain why some big names such as Jayam Ravi, Trisha starred in this mindless and unimaginative film. The film had some crass comedy with misogynistic characters that seemed very outdated.