Varanam Ayiram

Gautham Vasudev Menon

As a tribute to his father, Gautam Vasudev Menon crafted this film which begins with Surya the protagonist on a rescue mission. On receiving the news of his father’s death he looks back at the memorable moments he sahred with his father. The story goes through various stages of emotion, love, grief, loss and passion and illustrates how a father can influence his son’s life and be a hero and an inspiration. The film ends on a heart-warming note conveying the message “Whatever happens, Life has to go on”. The film bagged the National award for the best regional Tamil film for the year 2008.

Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont

One of the most poignant movies with lifetime best performances from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, the film is adapted from the Stephen King novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The film converges around Andy, a banker falsely convicted for murdering his wife and her lover. The story unfolds as Andy bonds with Red, a fellow inmate and as he attempts to seek redemption from Shawshank. Frank Darabont’s revolutionary debut venture encircling friendships, hopes and dreams will leave a lasting effect on you.

Life Is Beautiful

Robert Benigni

Writer-director-star Roberto Benigni sculpted a masterpiece that will make one laugh hysterically and cry uncontrollably at the same time. Guido — a Jewish book-keeper along with his wife and son become hostages of war and are sent to a concentration camp. The emotional journey of how the father shields his son through the horrible atrocities of the Holocaust, forms the rest of the plot. This emotionally powerful comedic drama which earned three Oscars will uplift your spirits and make you believe that ‘life is beautiful’.

Abhiyum Naanum

Radhamohan

“When a child is born, a father is also born. But children grow up so fast while dads remain the same” — a subtle dialogue in the movie that summarises the entire story. While movies on family values are becoming obsolete, Radhamohan deserves accolades for revolutionising the art of narrating human emotions between a doting father and his loving daughter in an interesting manner.

3 Idiots

Rajkumar Hirani

Loosely based on the blockbuster novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat, the film illustrates the flawed education system and the unhealthy academic competition in India. Two friends on getting a clue on the whereabouts of their lost collegemate, embark on a journey of reunion. En route, they get nostalgic and look back at their delightful life spent in the prestigious university with their friend Rancho (Aamir Khan), who, in his unique way, touched and transformed their lives. This is one film you must watch.

Those that almost made it

The Illusionist: Neil Burger

Forrest Gump: Robert Zemeckis

Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai: S.P. Muthuraman

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: David Fincher

Anbe Sivam: Sundar. C

Titanic: James Cameron

Jithendar is a final-year student of engineering in Chennai. He loves watching movies, reading novels and is a big fan of A.R. Rahman’s music.