The Inspiring journey of Tamil cinema in 2018!
2018, the unique one amongst the 75 years of Tamil cinema, which went through a lot of ups and downs . Especially in March 2018, TFPC announced a strike, which had questioned the existence and survival of the fraternity, even by the common people. The sudden emergence of IPL-2018 had wiped away the “Money” rolling on Kollywood and the body’s associating with it. Vishal’s irumbu thirai, Adult comedy “IAMK” and Keerthy Suresh’s Nadigyar thilagam , managed to stand out among the very few films released at that time period.
When May and June passed by the aftermath of the strike, July came to turn the fate of Tamil cinema topsy-turvy. Films like Karthi’s Kadaikutty singam and Shiva’s Tamil padam 2, gave hands to the suffering theatre owners and the distributors. still, many small films fell flat.
August 2018, gave the complete relief with the back to back hits including Lady superstar Nayanthara’s Kolamaavu kokila, the Tamil release of “Geetha govindham“, the lovely ride of “pyaar prema kaadhal” and Thriller Imaikka Nodigal. Still, the traders find August as the turning point in 2018
Spotting on Vinayagar Chaturthi holidays, Sivakarthikeyan’s Seemaraja and Samantha’s u-turn, helped the traders by showering with the arrival of the family audience and the Ladies. The late September marked as an important Breakthrough of Kollywood industry, with ace director Maniratnam’s “Chekka chivantha vaanam” and The game-changing Pariyerum Perumal, emerging as the blockbusters. With a special mention to Pariyerum perumal, which was critically acclaimed for its social content.
Tasting the essence of both, the audience was all set for Diwali release, without a much of mind on the October release. But Kollywood had other ideas, which bombarded back to back bangs on Romantic “96”, thrilling “Ratchasan”, Cult classic “vadachennai” ruling the latter half of 2018. With a special mention to “96”, still having its theatrical run.
Expected “Sarkar” victory, and the magnum opus “2.0” acted like the money spinners for the traders in November. The Talks on Thala Ajith’s “viswasam” and superstar Rajinikanth’s “petta”, made the first half of December to go dry.
The D-day, December 21st, marked with 6 movies battling for the spot including Dhanush’s maari2, Vijay Sethupathi’s seethakathi, Aishwarya Rajesh’s kanaa, Jayam Ravis’ “adangamaru” , Vishnu’s “silukkuvarpatti singam” and Yash’s “K.G.F”. The year ended up as a sweet surprise with all emerging as a successful film in various intensity.
for the past 75 years, we viewers acquire positive energy and inspiration from Tamil cinema, via various films and genres, but 2018 demonstrated the fall and rise of Kollywood, which demands huge respect from the audience.