Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Valentine's Day Special - 2007

Last year, I marked Valentine's day by listing my 5 favorite romances in otherwise non-romantic movies. I picked romances in movies where romance was not the main item on the agenda; movies that went on to other things. This year, I'll be more traditional and simply pick my 5 favorite Tamil love stories.

While romance has always been an integral part of Tamil cinema, full-length romances have not been not all that common. Emphasis on masala and action has limited the number of soft, romantic love stories in Tamil. But we've had our share of good love stories and tomorrow, I'll be counting down my top 5.

Let the lovin' begin...

17 Comments:

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Raju said...

Happy Valentine's day, Balaji!!

Assuming that you already have the list in your mind, lemme guess..

1) Idhayathai thirudathey
2) Kaadhal
3) Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
4) Pudhu Kavithai (Ur thalaivar's best romantic movie, just managing to beat Johnny)
5) Moondram Pirai

Next set of 5 will be: Kadhal Kottai, Pookkalai Parikaktheergal, Alaipayuthey, 12B and Poove Unakkaga, considering ur preference to reasonably new movies..

 
At 11:47 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

1.Thothu Thothu (Kaadhal)
2.Nee Kaatru (Love Today)
3.Azhagu Azhagu (Raaja Paarvai)
4.Ennai Thaalata (Kaadhalukku Mariyathai)
5.Anbae Anbae (Uyirodu Uyiraaga)

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous ram said...

here're my favorite love stories (in no particular order)...some of them arent the typical romantic kinda films but still, the love and PASSION the characters share for each other overwhelmed me...

Sethu: beautiful character arc for Cheeyaan

Keladi Kanmani: with deep love, comes deeper selflessness :-) think abt SPB, Radhika, Anju and Ramesh Aravind...if what they shared wasnt love, then what was it?

Moondraam Pirai: the look on Kamal's face as he kneels down in front of a roadside Pillaiyaar while he's searching for Sridevi, tells us all abt how much she means to him...

Vietnaam Veedu: love between an old, married couple was something totally unique and sweet...special in its own way...for those who remember the movie well, what line defines love better than "un kannil neer vazhindhaal en nenjil udhiram kottudhadee..."

Bharathi Kannamma: love buried under social norms and caste differences...brilliant climax.

Autograph: every kind of love portrayed in this movie was insightful and authentic...

of course, any list on relationships cannot be w/o my favorite "rhythm" -> love, sacrifice, empathy, affection...such a lovely, quiet tale of love and loss...

 
At 12:16 AM, Anonymous ram said...

Among Mani's movies,
Mouna Raagam
Roja
Kannathil Muthamittaal
all for different reasons...but Mani for sure deserved a separate comment!

 
At 1:20 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Oh Movies .. I thought songs :-(

Mouna Raagam
Raaja Paarvai
Moondram Pirai
Darling Darling
Andha Ezhu Naatkal
Sethu (for Vikram, the scene where he says *Manasu valikuthu*, brilliant!)

Andha Ezhu Naatkal and Mouna Raagam top my list :)

Best thing about Sethu is you rarely see Vikram touch Abitha
:-), unlike irritating Simbu

 
At 5:32 AM, Anonymous mythili said...

agree wtih all the movie mentioned already
would also add parijaatham, the story told in the movie (1st half), so cute and so sad at the end

 
At 6:03 AM, Blogger Bart said...

My pick would be the following in ascending order:

Alaipayuthey
Keladi Kanmani
Varusham 16
Sethu
Kaadhal
Ek Duje Ke Liye
Idhayathai Thirudathey

Picked 7 as the top 2 are other language movies :)

 
At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.Bals,
First lemme wish you Happy Valentines Day or Manamarnda Kadhalar Dinam from the bottom of my heart..

Bobby
Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Ek Dujhe Ke Liye
Dil to Pagala Hai
Qayamat se Qayamat Tak

Love
Sankaralingam Mahalingam

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bbals,
happy valentine's day .. where are u taking anu today ? kanjathanam padama oru nalla burger king kootikittu ponga.. hehehehehe

love
pushpa

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous ram said...

oh, SHITTTT, this is the problem with lists like these...we sometimes skip memorable movies...scanning the comments gave me an almighty kick on the back for forgetting one of my favorite romances of alllllllllll time:
R
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With apologies to Kamal fans here for forgetting that movie in my earlier post, lemme say that its a beautiful, tender love story...one of the nice things abt the movie is the number of scenes involving just kamal and madhavi...just abt their sweet nothings and their conversations...love the moment where kamal kisses the painting presented by madhavi (after an angry outburst, thinking that she's left the house) only to feel her fingers brush her hair...just love the way he calls her, "Nancy...Nancy..." and how she says, "Shut up!"
very very sweet romance!

 
At 8:08 AM, Anonymous ram said...

i meant, "brush his hair"

 
At 10:36 AM, Anonymous SK said...

My favorite ones are
1. Mouna Raagam.
2. Mudhal Mariyaadhai
3. Kandu Konden Kandu Konden
4. Movie by Mammotti & Bhanupriya (can't remember the name)

SK.

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous ram said...

sk, you talking abt Azhagan? the one with the lovely "Sangeetha Swarangall" song?

 
At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking it may be better to come up with the top 5 for each of the past 3 decades: the 80's, 90's and 00's (I dont know much about movies before then).

Of these, i think the 80's were the most fertile as far as romantic movies go, with the likes of Alaigal oivathillai, Muthal mariyadhai, Punnagai mannan, IDhayathai thirudathey, Kadalora Kavidhaigal, Moondram pirai and so on.

The 90's fell behind a little, but didn't disappoint with Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, Idhayam, Kadhal Kottai, Guna, Azhagan etc.

The 00's (so far) haven't given us so many memorable romantic movies, but nevertheless, there have been a few rare gems like Sethu, Kaadhal, Rhythm and Azhagi.

Looking fwd to your list.

arun

 
At 12:21 AM, Anonymous sk said...

ram, yeah that's it. azhagan. thanks.

SK.

 
At 3:05 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Ram,

kadaseela ungaleyum maathi taanga :-)

BTW did you see new Marudhanayagam trailer?

 
At 3:33 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Tidbit about Dasavatharam
from behindwoods.com

Dear web master,

Everybody is hungry about Kamal's Dasavatharam and Rajini's Shivaji. Here is little info about Kamal Hassan movie shooting in Malaysia. They were shooting a martial art scene (Hokkaido) in a beautiful bungalow located in Rantau Estate, Seremban which is 80 km from Kuala Lumpur. This bungalow really suits their Hokkaido design. Kamal was in Hokkaido master dress with long hair and totally different make up with huge body. We couldn't recognize him until the unit called him "Kamal sir". The make up is really amazing. Ravi Varman , K.S. Ravi Kumar, Thalaivasal Vijay, Malaysian Hokkaido kids & masters , and some white dudes could be seen from far. The problem is that none can enter the bungalow, and no photo, or video snapping is allowed. A few local police were there for security purpose. They are there were there since Saturday until Tuesday evening. After a long wait, at 6pm, Kamal removed his make up and came to us for a small chat, but said "No autograph please."

Here is one of the images that we took before he moved out from shooting spot. I will let u know once we collect more images. Thanks a lot, please post this pictures in our behindwoods.com.

Thanks a lot for your help,
Ramesh Rao
meshrarao@gmail.com

 

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