2017: The year that was for cinema

Best Tamil films of 2017

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Best 2017 Tamil films montage  

After toiling over much of the 200-odd films that released this year, The Hindu’s film critics list the top films that made their time at the cinemas totally worth it


The irony is cruel. Even as India looks up to the skies for a rocket launch, a child falls deep into a borewell and awaits rescue. Yet, this new superpower has no technology good enough to pull her out. A wonderful Nayanthara plays a Collector as helpless as the little girl who is stuck inside, in a powerful film that conveys a heavy message with absolute conviction.

How many films on a subject as serious as Aruvi’s can manage to make you laugh out loud? That long stretch set inside a reality show would have come across as preachy in the hands of a lesser filmmaker, but debutant Arun Prabhu weaves it into a tragicomedy that will stand the test of time. Who else is happy that Aditi Balan ditched her lawyer dreams to pursue acting?

Best Tamil films of 2017

Kurangu Bommai

A film that could have so easily ended up confused, but ends up checking all the right boxes. Director Nithilan creates a solid storyline around a bag containing an expensive statue that many people have an eye on. Watch out for fine performances from Bharathiraja and Elango Kumaravel.

Best Tamil films of 2017

It’s hard to believe that this fine film was made by a team of debutants. They didn’t even need to name the characters, but still managed to create a multi-narrative plotline in which everyone has a part to play.

It’s a plot revolving around a newly-married woman and her mother-in-law. But it’s not one of those sob stories as you would imagine. Director Bramma takes this ‘odd’ couple, twists their relationship on its head and gives us one of the most sensitive films of the year.

One of the funniest films of the year. A director who is wacky enough to use Kaali Venkat’s voice for Nikki Galrani surely knows what it takes to make us laugh out loud.

Best Tamil films of 2017

A story from a goat’s perspective? How clever is that! This year’s best rural drama is an assortment of quirky characters and great sub-plots.

Pa Paandi

Best Tamil films of 2017

Who knew that the debut directorial of an actor as intense as Dhanush would have the pillowy warmth of a Pixar film? If ‘most lovable’ was an award category, Rajkiran would be top choice. It had one of the year’s best albums as well.

Kollywood usually obsesses about cop subjects and glorifies the police force. But this year’s Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru proved how a real-life incident featuring a cop can be converted into a highly entertaining film, that gave us a menacing villain who still gives us the shivers.

When news was out that Mysskin was making another big-budget action film, we remembered Mugamoodi and shuddered. But thankfully, this time, he delivered... and wrapped up the film with a stunning climax. If only Vishal could use his detective skills from the film to find out what really happened to his RK Nagar nomination!

Best Tamil films of 2017

A textbook for aspiring filmmakers on how to treat a multi-starrer with the intelligence it deserves. As Vedha, Vijay Sethupathi delivered the performance of the year. His line, ‘Oru Kadha Sollatuma’ is instant pop-culture.

Best Tamil films of 2017

Are you an aspiring filmmaker with budget constraints? Get yourself a DVD of this murder mystery that kept us engaged due to its wonderful writing.


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