THE GOOD, BAD & MEDIOCRE – TAMIL CINEMA 2015 (JAN TO JUNE)

THE GOOD, BAD & MEDIOCRE – TAMIL CINEMA 2015 (JAN TO JUNE)

THE GOOD, BAD & MEDIOCRE - TAMIL CINEMA 2015 (JAN TO JUNE)
The first half of 2015 has come to end. We had a total of 100+ films releasing in the past 6 months (January to June). The first half of 2015 was good for the Tamil audience, both in terms of success and good scripts. There were all types / genres of films releasing in the first half of 2015; it had something for every set of audience!

Below are few notable points on the ‘First half of Kollywood 2015’:
* The trend of Horror / Horror Comedy films continued with films like DARLING, DEMONTE COLONY, MASSU, KANCHANA 2
*
Low budget films that turned out to be Super Hits in the neighboring states were remade in Tamil – DARLING, 36 VAYATHINILE, ENAKKUL ORUVAN
* Except Maniratnam’s O KADHAL KANMANI, most of the established directors’ films opened to mixed reviews – I, YENNAI ARINDHAAL, MASSU, ANEGAN, PURAMPOKKU
* Shankar’s I was the only high budget movie that achieved the Blockbuster status
* Films of Big stars flopped at the box office mainly because of High production values and Star’s remuneration – UTTAMA VILLAIN and MASSU
* Films like YENNAI ARINDHAAL and KAAKI SATTAI that had humongous opening, did only an average show at the Box Office
* Low budget films that gave great profits for the theater owners – KAAKA MUTTAI, 36 VAYATHINILE, DARLING, DEMONTE COLONY, INDRU NETRU NAALAI, IVANUKU THANNILA GANDAM
*
Films that gave very poor returns for the investors – ELI, VALIYAVAN
*
Films that did extremely well in the overseas – I & O KADHAL KANMANI
*
Off-beat films like KAAKA MUTTAI and Women-centric subject like 36 VAYATHINILE  went onto become Super Hit and worst products like ROMEO JULIET also achieved HIT status

What you are going to see in the below article is a categorization of films that released in the last 180 days, as GOOD, BAD and MEDIOCRE in terms of performance, technicalities and writing.

Here goes my list of ‘BEST and WORST of 2015 – January to June’…

BEST FILMS

1) Kaaka Muttai
2) OK Kanmani & Uttama Villain

3) 36 Vayadhinile

4) Indru Netru Naalai
5) Purampokku
6) Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum

7) Rajathandhiram
8) Kallappadam

9) I & Anegan
10) Demonte Colony

  • DISAPPOINTMENTS
    Kanchana-2

Enakkul Oruvan
Valiyavan

Eli
Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka

  • REGRETFUL WATCHES
    Aambala
    Nanbendaa
    Romeo Juliet
  • MOST OVERRATED FILMS
    Komban
    Kanchana-2MOST UNDERRATED FILMS
    Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum
    Uttama Villain
    Kallappadam
    Rajathandhiram
    Purampokku
  • MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTERS

Lingesan & Diya (I)
Vetriselvan (Isai)

Sathya Dev, Victor & Hemanika (Yennai Arindhaal)
Kaali (Anegan)

Vasanth & Vasanth’s Mother (Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum)
Theater Manager Durai (Enakkul Oruvan)

Kanchi Azhagappan and Austin D’Costa (Rajathandhiram)

Actress Leena (Kallappadam)
Vinod’s Parents (Valiyavan)
Adi & Tara, Ganapathy & Bhavani (O Kadhal Kanmani)

Manoranjan, Yamini, Manonmani, Margadarisi, Manager Chokku (Uttama Villain)

Vasanthi Thamizhselvan (36 Vayadhinile)

Balusamy, Macaulay and Yemalingam (Purampokku)
John Demonte (Demonte Colony)
Sakthi (Massu)
Athisaya Raj (Darling)
Chinna Kaaka Muttai, Periya Kaaka Muttai, Pazharasam, Ammaa, Paatti (Kaaka Muttai)

Time Machine (Indru Netru Naalai)

MOST INTERESTING CAMEO APPEARANCES:
Jai (Massu)
Vaibhav & Sangeetha (Massu – Deleted Scenes)

Nila (Isai)

Simbhu (Kaaka Muttai)
Dhanush (Vai Raja Vai)

Nasser (Yennai Arindhaal)
Arya (Indru Netru Naalai)

  • BEST TRAILERS:

I

Isai

Rajathandhiram

Massu

Kaaka Muttai

Indru Netru Naalai

Anegan

  • BEST TEAM
    Kaaka Muttai & I• BEST DIRECTOR
    Manikandan (Kaaka Muttai)• BEST PRODUCTION COMPANY 
    Wunderbar Films (Kaaka Muttai)

    • BEST DEBUT ACTOR 
    Sananth Reddy (Supporting Actor) – Demonte Colony

    • BEST DEBUT ACTRESS
    Amyra Dastur (Anegan)
    Nikki Galrani (Darling & Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka)

    • BEST STORY
    Kaaka Muttai
    Uttama Villain
    Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum
    Isai
    Kallappadam

    • BEST SCREENPLAY
    Kaaka Muttai
    Uttama Villain
    Indru Netru Naalai

    • BEST DIALOGUES
    Kaaka Muttai
    Uttama Villain
    Purampokku
    Yennai Arindhaal
    O Kadhal Kanmani

    • BEST ACTOR

Kamalhaasan (Uttama Villain)
Vikram (I)
Siddarth (Enakkul Oruvan)

• BEST ACTRESS
Aishwarya Rajesh (Kaaka Muttai)
Nithya Menon (O Kadhal Kanmani)
Jyothika (36 Vayadhinile)

• BEST CHILD ARTISTS
Ramesh & Vignesh (Kaaka Muttai)
Anikha (Yennai Arindhaal)
Amritha Anil (36 Vayadhinile)

• BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (MALE)
Joe Malloori (Kaaka Muttai)
Prakash Raj (O Kadhal Kanmani)
K.Balachander & M.S.Bhaskar (Uttama Villain)
Raj Kiran (Komban)
Shaam (Purampokku)
Aadukalam Naren (Enakkul Oruvan)

• BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (FEMALE)
Shanthi Mani Paatti (Kaaka Muttai)
Leela Samson (O Kadhal Kanmani)
Urvashi (Uttama Villain & Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum)
Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli (Kallappadam)

• BEST ACTOR IN A NEGATIVE ROLE
Pattiyal K. Shekar (Rajathandhiram)

Sathyaraj (Isai)
Arun Vijay (Yennai Arindhaal)

• BEST ACTOR IN A COMICAL ROLE
Ramesh Thilak & Yogi Babu (Kaaka Muttai)
Darbuka Siva (Rajathandhiram)
Rajendran (Darling, Ivanukku Thannila Gandam, Massu)
Karunakaran (Indru Netru Naalai)
Sathish (Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum)

• BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)
Karthik (Mazhai Vara Pogudhe – Yennai Arindhaal), (Aye Sinamika & Parandhu Sella Vaa – O Kadhal Kanmani), (Naan Aval Illai – Massu)
Hariharan (Thodu Vaanam – Anegan)
A.R.Rahman (Mental Manadhil – O Kadhal Kanmani)
Benny Dayal (Unakkenna Venum Sollu – Yennai Arindhaal)
Pradeep Kumar (Poo Avizhum – Enakkul Oruvan)
Haricharan (Pookale Satru Oivedungal – I)
Marana Gana Viji (Danga Maari Oodhari – Anegan)
G.V.Prakash (Anbe Anbe & Sattena Idi Mazhai – Darling)

• BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)
Chitra (Malargal Ketten – O Kadhal Kanmani)
Shashaa Tirupati (Kaara Attakkaaraa, Naane Varugiren & Paranthu Sella Vaa – O Kadhal Kanmani)
Chinmayi (Naan Aval Illai – Massu), (Idhayathai Yedho Ondru – Yennai Arindhaal), (Roja Kadale – Anegan), (Isai Veesi – Isai), (Ennodu Nee Irundhaal Reprise – I)
Natalie Di Luccio (Aila Aila – I)
Nikita Gandhi (Ladio – I), (Theera Ulaa – O Kadhal Kanmani)
Bhavatharini (Aathadi Aathadi – Anegan)
Jonita Gandhi (Mental Manadhil Female – O Kadhal Kanmani)

  • BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR (SONGS)
    A.R.Rahman (I & O Kadhal Kanmani)• BEST BACKGROUND SCORE
    Ghibran (Uttama Villain)
    A.R.Rahman (O Kadhal Kanmani)
    G.V.Prakash Kumar (Kaaka Muttai)• MOST POPULAR SONGS

Dangaa Maari Oothaari (Anegan)
Mental Manadhil & Kaaraa Aattakaaraa (O Kadhal Kanmani)
Mersalaayitten & Ennodu Nee Irundhaal (I)
Mazhai Vara Poguthey & Adhaaru Udhaaru (Yennai Arindhaal)
I Am So Cool & Kattikkida (Kaaki Sattai)

• BEST LYRICIST
Vairamuthu (O Kadhal Kanmani)
Kamalhaasan (Uttama Villain)
Thamarai (Yennai Arindhaal)
Vivek velmurugan (36 Vayadhinile & Enakkul Oruvan)

Madhan Karky (I)

  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Manikandan (Kaaka Muttai)
    P.C.Sreeram (O Kadhal Kanmani & I)
    Shamdat Sainudeen (Uttama Villain)
    Dan Macarthur (Yennai_Arindhaal)• BEST EDITING
    Kishore Te (Kaaka Muttai)
    A.Sreekar Prasad (O Kadhal Kanmani)
    Leo John Paul (Indru Netru Naalai)• BEST ART DIRECTION
    Kaaka Muttai
    I
    Uttama Villain

    • BEST SOUND EFFECTS / DESIGNING (SFX)
    I

O Kadhal Kanmani
Demonte Colony

• BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (VFX) / ANIMATION
I
O Kadhal Kanmani (Mumbai 2.2 portions)
Indru Netru Naalai

• BEST STUNTS
I
Yennai Arindhaal
Valiyavan
Massu

• BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Iraniyan Naadagam (Uttama Villain)

• BEST COSTUMES
Kaaka Muttai
Uttama Villain
Anegan

• BEST MAKE UP
I
Kaaka Muttai

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Article by: Rahman

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