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...


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 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous 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 Anonymous said...

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

At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous 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:

Keladi Kanmani
Varusham 16
Ek Duje Ke Liye
Idhayathai Thirudathey

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

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

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

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

Sankaralingam Mahalingam

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

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


At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous 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:


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 Anonymous said...

i meant, "brush his hair"

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous 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)


At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous 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.


At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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



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