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Top 5 Best Kollywood Movies of 2018

Hey all! Happy New Year 2019! Among the ‘New Year! New Me!’ bakwaas, it’s also time to revisit 2018 and take a look at the movies which we loved watching in theaters, which made us laugh, cry and create an impact on us. Remember, these are my personal picks. Didn't find your favorite one? Well, comment down below and let us know about your personal picks! Would love to see them all!

Honorable Mentions: 2.0, Kadaikutty Singam, Kolamavu Kokila and Irumbu Thirai

5. Merrku Thodarchi Malai | Rating 4/5

I never dreamt about a film before or after watching it unless it is Superstar Rajnikanth’s movie or if the film creates a deep impact on me. ‘Merrku Thodarchi Malai’ is one of the few films which didn’t let me sleep after watching it. Debutant director Lenin Bharathi struck me hard with his writing and filmmaking skills. The movie is high on emotions, throws light on the unheard-of struggles of people, capitalism, communism.

The director has made justice to his writings by having all newcomers as the cast, who doesn’t look like trained artists yet the residents of the village and presented the film in a beautiful manner with the backing of breathtaking visuals captured by Theni Eshwar.  “Merku Thodarchi Malai” is a one of a kind movie which shouldn’t be missed at any cost. Thanks to the director for making a non-commercial film, a moving tale and subtly delivering a message.

4. Pariyerum Perumal | Rating 4/5

Pariyerum Perumal, directed by Maari Selvaraj and produced by Pa.Ranjith, goes straight for the jugular in this film about anti-caste. The first ten minutes of the film is arguably one of the best opening scenes in 2018 Tamil cinema. Karuppi, the protagonist’s dog is killed by members of another caste and this serves as a tipping point for the film to take off.  The director has conscientiously filled up each scene carefully giving the viewers the chance to look at how things are from the perspective of a lower-caste individual.

While Karuppi might have only lasted 10 minutes in the film, she is the very fulcrum of which the film is placed on. A metaphor for the prevalent class and caste oppressions that still occur in India, Pariyerum Perumal attempts to answer its own question with the climax scene. One of the more important works in recent time, Pariyerum Perumal is a scream.

3. 96 | Rating 4.5/5

When did you actually cry because of the movies content and the acting performances from the lead cast? If not, '96 will make you cry. Starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan in lead roles, 96 is a soulful story of two lost souls, Ram and Jaanu who studied together in school, part away without a goodbye due to unforeseen circumstances. What happens when they reunite after 22 years for their school reunion party forms the story.

Director Prem Kumar deserves appreciation for such a beautiful story which didn’t rush and took time to settle. Certain scenes are long enough to create an impact as the director Kumar gives ample time for us to dissolve into it.  I would dare to say that '96 is a movie without a flaw, right from the introduction till the very end. The film is sure to take you on a trip down memory lane, a journey of a lifetime, sure to stir your soul and make a lasting impression. Don’t miss this gem!

2. Ratsasan | Rating 4.5/5

For the first time in a long time, I really did not want a movie to end. A finely crafted suspense thriller, Ratsasan, will have you at the edge of your seat. Right from the beginning, the film starts off with a murder and the pace of the film is steadily kept on the accelerator all the way through.

One of the film’s strengths lie in the background score department. Gibran’s music for Ratsasan is excellent. He manages to elevate the film to a god-tier level with his eerie and spine-chilling BGM. It is arguably one of the best in Tamil Cinema’s suspense thriller genre.

1. Vada Chennai | Rating 4.5/5

Vada Chennai is the result when you bring together two National Award Winners for a film once again. It is intense, rugged and sticks true to its nature. Vada Chennai is the tale of two gangsters Guna (Samuthirakani) and Senthil (Kishore) who run their illegal business along the coastal line area of North Chennai and how the life of Anbu (Dhanush) interweaves with theirs in such a manner as not to be easily separated. Vetri Maaran seems to not compromise in anything for making the film utterly realistic. They even went for ‘Adults Only’ certification from the censor board without muting the bad language which was a bold attempt cause that made the film more native.

Another pillar to the already astonishing film was Santhosh Narayanan (SaNa) and his pulsating background score. SaNa did know when to use the background score, thereby elevating the film on a tremendous level. A movie without a flaw? I would dare to say, Vada Chennai is undoubtedly the best movie of 2018. Congregated with a gripping narrative, intriguing characters, impressive performances and overall some masterful storytelling this movie is Cinematic Brilliance!

A Top 5 List by Nirmalraj
Writing Assisted by Siddharthen R.
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Top 5 Kollywood (Tamil) Movies Releasing in September 2018

5. Ponram’s – 'Seemaraja'

Release Date - September 13, 2018 | Starring - Siva Karthikeyan, Samantha Akkineni, and Soori

Reasons to be Excited About - This is Ponram’s third film with Siva Karthikeyan as the lead, Soori as the comedian, D. Imman as the music director and this is his only third directorial film. While his debut and the second film were blockbusters, Ponram is trying to repeat the same formula of making a comedy-drama with Seemaraja also. Will he be successful one more time?

4. Ram’s – 'Peranbu'

Release Date - September 7, 2018 | Starring - Mammootty, Anjali, and Samuthirakanni

Reasons to be Excited About - Peranbu is a Tamil-Malayalam bilingual film with the Mollywood giant returning to Tamil Cinema after eight years. Peranbu had it's world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Asian premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival, China and received huge appreciations for its content, acting and filmmaking style of Ram. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film’s score and met with positive response from the critics and fans. The teaser of the film is very emotional, touching and sure to create a lasting effect on us.

3. Pawan Kumar’s – 'U-Turn'

Release Date: September 13, 2018 | Starring - Samantha Akkineni

Reasons to be Excited About - Pawan Kumar, known for his super-hit Kannada film “Lucia”, which was shortlisted for India’s submission for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is remaking his own blockbuster Kannada film “U-Turn” in Tamil and Telugu with Samantha. The trailer is intriguing and raises a lot of questions and mystery and I’m really thrilled about the film already.

2. Prem Kumar’s – '96'

Release Date: September 7, 2018 | Starring: Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan

Reasons to be Excited About - The trailer and teaser of the movie have already gained millions of views on YouTube creating the right sensation, and the soul-stirring songs are ruling the playlist. Trisha and Vijay Sethupathi are very expressive and sure to create an impact with their acting skills. I’m also excited that yesteryear veteran actor Janakaraj is making a comeback to the silver screen after a very long gap.

1. Mani Ratnam’s – 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam'

Release Date - September 28th | Starring - Ensemble Cast

Reasons to be Excited About - Mani Ratnam is a genius who could bring together talented star casts, bring the best out of them and makes sure no one overshadows the other.  The film has Vijay Sethupathi, Silambarasan (STR), Arvind Sami, Arun Vijay, Prakash Raj, Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Thiyagarajan, Jayasudha and a lot of other actors playing vital roles. The trailer of the films had the vibe of The Godfather and the fans (including myself) are very much excited and waiting for the movie’s release. Also, the film has Mani’s usual associates, A.R.Rahman, Santhosh Sivan, and Sreekar Prasad handling music, cinematography, and editing respectively. Can we ask for more?

-A Top 5 List by Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911
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