The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating


Yes, we’re drained too of seeing Friends and Breaking Bad on each beneficial binge-watch record to get by way of days (and probably weeks) of social distancing and self-isolation to climate the coronavirus scare. With movies being our best escape from these worrying occasions, doesn’t it make sense to fall again upon regional motion pictures now we have grown up watching, fallen in love with a number of occasions over, and most significantly, view together with everybody at dwelling?

So what does outline a ‘comfort list’ then? It might imply various things for various folks: possibly it’s one thing that takes you again to your high-school recollections, or the primary time you fell in love with a film theatre or your favorite star, or heck, even bond with your loved ones… in spite of everything, you are caught with them now.

Without additional ado then, right here’s our record of final Tamil consolation watches.. sentiment, love, motion, household, class and mass all thrown in collectively for good measure.

Gautam Sunder’s picks:

Kushi

Long earlier than Vijay cared an excessive amount of about empowering farmers, ladies, the nation, vegetable costs… he cared most about himself and the lady he favored. Ah less complicated occasions, which resulted in one of many the best rom-coms of the 2000s. Kushi had all of it: in SJ Suryah, a director hungry for fulfillment, two extremely well-liked leads who sizzled with chemistry, a smash-hit soundtrack from Thenisai Thendral Deva that complimented the witty repartee within the movie, Vivek on the peak of his powers, and the mom of all merchandise songs in Kattipudi Kattipudida which catapulted Mumtaj to journal front-cover fame. What’s not to love?

PS: The virtually fleeting banter/ bromance between Vijayakumar and Vijay within the automotive is one for the ages.

Padayappa

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

Nope, we’re not going to make this about Rajinikanth in any respect for a change. Of course you’ve seen the viral Neelambari meme already: she actually invented social distancing —and the way! If she might do it for 18 years, we actually shouldn’t be complaining about two weeks.

But we digress; like several quintessentially nice Superstar providing, Padayappa performs out its successful formulaic tropes in immaculate type — and magnificence — aided by a surprisingly efficient supporting solid, led by an excellent Ramya Krishnan.

After watching it a 100 occasions through the years, you realize each scene by the e book, but it’s as charming, cheerful and comforting as ever. As Abbas says, What a person.. certainly.

Minnale

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

I used to be conflicted for the third selection: Vikraman’s masterful Suryavamsam which is the film equal of thaachi mammam (it additionally gave us the best olive department dialogue in film historical past with Payasam saapdunga buddy) vs Gautham Menon’s winsome, almost-before-he-came-of-age debut in Minnale that additional heightened Madhavan’s Alaipayuthey stardom in direction of making him the chocolate boy for a whole technology.

In the top, the latter wins for 3 causes: It’s endearing to see GVM’s quirks in a flat-out foolish script earlier than he turned the grasp of romance dramas/ redefined cop portrayals; the legendary album by Harris Jayaraj in his debut that impressed nostalgic comparisons with Rahman and Raaja; and at last, Madhavan himself as Aminjikarai Rajesh wooing Reema Sen: I imply, Abbas, return to fanboying over Rajinikanth’s biceps.

Srivatsan S’s picks:

Kadhalika Neramillai (1964)

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

What’s there to say/write about Kadhalika Neramillai that has not been stated/written already? With two (metrosexual?) males on the centre, CV Sridhar made what might probably be one of many best city, madly humorous, musical drama Tamil cinema has ever produced. Yes, the plot may appear foolish, even dated immediately. But Kadhalika.. is a type of silly-good motion pictures that was fairly self-aware about its absurdness. Will this technology (sure, the ‘90s kids) ever get the greatness of Baliah? Another common factor you’d discover in my ‘comfort’ record is Nagesh. His omnipresence shall proceed in each listicle I write. At least I owe him this a lot for his contribution to Tamil comedy. There shall be theses written about how to arrange a fantastic comedy stretch, just like the one with Nagesh and Balaiah’s.

P. S: What nice songs by the good MSV? Naalaam Naalaam is my go-to music. What’s yours?

Moondru Deivangal (1971)

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

Is there a extra comforting watch than Moondru Deivangal, the criminally-underrated film in Sivaji Ganesan’s oeuvre? It had all the pieces in its premise — from Crime and Punishment to Sense and Sensibility. It tracks the lives of three morally-ambiguous characters (Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh and Muthuraman), who’re compelled to take refuge in a household, which kinds the ethical epicentre of the movie’s universe. What captivated me after I first watched the movie, aside from the maligai kadai monitor, is the chiffon shirts worn by the characters. It may appear out of vogue now, however I’m assuming it was cool again then. The title, mainly, is an allegory on our performing Deivangal — Sivaji, Nagesh and Muthuraman.

Utharavindri Ulle Vaa (1971)

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

Wasn’t Utharavindri Ulle Vaa far forward of its time? I’ll inform you why. It’s a film that escapes from Tamil cinema’s conventions. It’s a film that doesn’t decide a girl for looking for consolation in a home, full of (urbane?) males. Of course, the boys by no means miss an opportunity to flirt along with her. Their strategy, nevertheless, doesn’t come throughout as intrusive or vulgar, and was dealt with with nice sensitivity. In different phrases, it was Modern Love. Plus, it had a terrific ensemble beginning with thalaivan Ravichandran and Kanchana (I had a large crush on her, I admit). Let me not get began on Rama Prabha’s phenomenal ‘naadha’ act with Nagesh. Four males take a trip and sh*t occurs. Doesn’t it learn just like the synopsis of The Hangover directed by Todd Phillips? Utharavindri Ulle Vaa might have been our very personal Hangover franchise.

Pradeep Kumar’s picks:

Annaamalai

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

Sure, the Coronavirus has put us people on the again foot. It is forcing us to step up to the problem it poses, and it looks like the virus would need us to show some extent on the finish of all of it. Who is that one man I might consider, who, when confronted with related odds, rose to the problem and leapt up excessive simply to show some extent? Who certainly! And cue Deva’s impressed elevate off the James Bond theme music… When Rajinikanth thunders: “Assshooook” at Sarath Babu’s character, we all know issues have been about to change. We simply didn’t know it will occur over the course of a music.

Soon sufficient, when a vaccine is developed, it will be us (as Annaamalai) making the Coronavirus (sorry Sarath Babu) get off the chair, and I consider we may have the final snicker on the virus once we say, “Malai da… Annaamalai!” Cue Deva once more for added consolation.

Kaathala Kaathala

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

“Lingam?” “Yes… I’m Ramalingam, he is Sundaralingam” And Nagesh goes: “I’m Chokkalingam”. One of the best comedies to date in Tamil cinema, Kaathala Kaathala is amusing riot, and with an absolute riot of a music like Kaasumela Kaasu Vanthu thrown within the combine for good measure. A movie which introduced to gentle the underrated actor within the late MS Viswanathan. The ‘Appane Muruga’ gags, the impersonations, an effervescent Vadivelu and a few intelligent dialogues make Kaathala.. the right antidote for a depressing day at dwelling.

Winner

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

How do you higher Kaathala Kaathala? Winner is the reply. The meme king of Tamil cinema, Vadivelu runs away with the movie, our hearts and our laughs on this Sundar C movie, which is, for all functions and causes, much less of a movie and extra a 150 minute comedy marathon. Oh, and did I neglect to point out that Vadivelu was the one to introduce the idea of social distancing lengthy earlier than it turned a development compelled down on us? Hey Coronavirus! Remember: “Intha kotta thaandi neeyum vara koodathu, naanum vara maaten!”

Srinivasa Ramanujam’s picks:

Panchanthanthiram

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

This one is true up there within the Kamal Haasan-Crazy Mohan mixture collection. It tells the story of Ramachandramurthy alias Ram all proper, but additionally offers us a peek into the lives of his 4 best associates and the way they bring about the roof down by getting themselves into all kinds of hassle. Along with rib-ticking performances, the movie additionally packs ample doses of sentiment and songs. Watch out for the humorous one-liners…a observe of warning although: in the event you snicker an excessive amount of for a joke, you’ll really miss the following.

So sure, if you’d like to smile, watch Panchanthanthiram. If you need to snicker, watch Panchanthanthiram. If you need to roll on the ground laughing, watch Panchanthanthiram.

Aanandham

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

What higher to do in these troubled occasions that to watch a movie whose title interprets to ‘happiness’?

This Lingusamy-directed flick has each ingredient that you’d affiliate with a ‘rural family subject’: those wherein a doting household simply can’t dwell with out one another. Watch out for that one particular sequence wherein actor Abbas, away from dwelling, telephones his household… each one, together with the family assist, should converse to him. With sappy music and emotional sequences, this movie will make you lengthy for the same household — one which’s full of happiness and smiles.

Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai

The best Tamil ‘comfort films’ to watch, while self-isolating

Those younger followers of Superstar Rajinikanth who’re used to his ‘mass moments’ ought to watch this charming-yet-sad 1979 movie to rejoice the performer in him. Rajinikanth raises a household with a lot love and concern, however all of them depart him, one after the other, in pursuit of alternatives and higher lives.

This isn’t a cheerful movie by any stretch of creativeness, however the sheer manner wherein it communicated some extent would put many message-drive movies of immediately to disgrace.

In the top, we’re on their own. Rajinikanth and SP Muthuraman informed us this manner again in 1979.

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